Phyllis R. Stephens, 78


Phyllis Ruth Stephens, 78, of Walshville Township, died on Friday, March 19, 2021, at her family residence.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 23, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the United House of Prayer, 511 West Garner Street, New Douglas. Funeral services will follow, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Larry Kershner officiating. Burial will be held at New Douglas Cemetery. CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing. Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is assisting the family.

Mrs. Stephens was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Granite City, to Lloyd and Ruth (Edwards) Farley. She married James H. Stephens on March 26, 1960, in St. Louis, MO, and they have celebrated over 60 years of marriage. He survives.

During her career, she served as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) for over 20 years. She worked at Hampton Care Center and Hitz Home in Alhambra, often working alongside her daughter.

Mrs. Stephens was a member of the United House of Prayer in New Douglas. As a mom, she was also a shopping buddy for her girls.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Debbie (husband Terry) Robertson and Tammy Fleer; seven grandchildren, Derick Stephens, Johnny Blankley, Ashley (husband Travis) Akalane, Jason Stephens, Crystal (husband Johnny) Taylor, Casey Compton and Christopher Compton; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Karen, Kathy and Sheri; brother, Jimmy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael J. Stephens; grandson, Timothy R. Compton; and sister, Patsy, in her youth.

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