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Lova Jean Stephens

Mrs. Lova Jean Stephens, 85, formerly of the Webster community passed away on Saturday, April 28, at Reid Hospital.
   She was born December 17, 1926 in Wayne County and was raised by her mother, Edna Eadler Fields and Robert E. Fields, who raised her as his own. She was a 1945 graduate of Webster High School, where she was a cheerleader. She attended cosmetology school and worked as a hairdresser for 40 years. She was also co-owner of Tri-County Awards for 22 years. She was a 25-year member of the Dayton Chapter of the Miami Valley American Needleworkers Guild and the R.O.S.E. Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. She taught needlework lessons for several years throughout the Midwest. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Webster United Methodist Church. She was an avid fan of IU basketball, Cincinnati Reds baseball and Indiana Pacers basketball. She enjoyed cooking and mushroom hunting.
   Mrs. Stephens will be missed by her husband, Bob Stephens, to whom she was married on February 4, 1949; her daughter & son-in-law, Nilah & Mark Mikesell, of Richmond; her son, Bud Stephens, of Fountain City; 5 grandchildren, Greg (Sandy) Carey, Tricia Starr, Jill Carey, Brad (Shannon) Stephens and Ashley (Cody) Kirkman; 7 great-grandchildren, Christian Carey, Nicole Carey, Lauren Carey, Jalen Rhodus, Jordan Rhodus, Makayla Oliver and Brandon Stephens; 1 sister & brother-in-law, Judy & Chuck Spurrier, of Richmond; 1 step-sister, Cookie Rogers, of Richmond and several nieces & nephews.
   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Robert Fields and James Fields.
   Rev. Max Knight will conduct a funeral ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Entombment will follow in Earlham Mausoleum.
   Family & friends may gather from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454,
Alexandria, VA  22312; or Reid Hospital Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374.  

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Nilah--So sorry to hear about your Mom.  I can still hear
the laughter between your Mom and mine.  They always had some
good times.  She will truely be missed.  Hang on to the memories,
for they are precious.

Charlene Frame May 3 2012 12:00 AM

One of the good ones, Lova Jean our neighbor and friend for 45 years. Our thoughts and  prayers to Bob and family.

Chrles & Maylenne Conley May 2 2012 12:00 AM

I want to express my deepest sympathy to everyone in Lova Jean's family and to her many friends.  She had the most contagious laugh and the biggest heart of anyone I've ever known.  Through the years I knew her at EGA and ANG, I always appreciated her talent.  She will be missed.

Sharon Crain May 2 2012 12:00 AM

Bob, Nilah & Bud - I''''m so sorry to hear about Lova Jean when Mom called me with the news.  I can still hear her great laugh!  My heart goes out to you & I''''ll keep you in my prayers.

Cindy Snow May 2 2012 12:00 AM

Bob,  I just this evening heard about Lova Jean. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My heart felt sympathies go out to you and your family.

Bill Gard

Bill Gard May 1 2012 12:00 AM

Buddy, so sorry for your loss. If we can do anything just let us know! Thinking of you--

Pauline & Shorty McDaniel Apr 30 2012 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to all of you at this time of loss.  I'll always remember Lova Jean's wonderful smile.  I shall miss her and her fun with and enjoyment of others when I'd see her at the alumni banquet.  Donna

Bill and Donna (Reeves) Pfenninger Apr 30 2012 12:00 AM

One of my all-time favorite Websterites. I can''t imagine not having her there. My deepest condolences to Bob, Nilah, and Buddy.

Jim Cox Apr 30 2012 12:00 AM

Nilah, my condolence to you  with the passing of your  Mother and Greg and Jill my condolences to you also with the loss of your Grandmother. Reverend Michael and Debbie Dingle

Reverend Michael Dingle Apr 30 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Lova Jean.  I spent many hours with her over the years as we did trophy selection for numerous events.  She was always a delight to work with and my Dad (Don McBride) told me years ago if I wanted to work with a special lady see Lova Jean.

She was a special lady!!!

Ann England

Ann McBride England Apr 30 2012 12:00 AM

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