“I am started to do some research in order to write an updated history of beta Psi chapter of Delta Gamma women's fraternity at the University of Alabama. In searching for the original 1947 charter members, I learned, with sorrow, of Mrs. Stephen's passing. I truly regret that I did not get a chance to talk with her. I do hope she celebrated the return of our chapter in 2011. My sympathies to you.
“To James and all of Ms. Iona's family I offer my condolences on her passing. I remember Ms. Iona as a graceful and sweet woman whose company I enjoyed. She was truly a beautiful person and I know she will be missed. May the memories you have of her comfort you in the coming weeks.
“Miss Iona, you will always be The Best.
“My grandmother was the most important person in the world to me, and this loss is so profound I know I will feel it for the rest of my life. But greater than the feeling of loss is my gratitude, thankfulness, and amazement that I had such a magnificent human being in my life, even for too short a time, and that she LOVED me.
I have wonderful memories of our time together. My summers with Grandmama and James were the happiest times of my life. She let me be free. I was allowed...
“Iona was a wonderful warm and compassionate soul. I remember her from
our younger days, we had so much fun together. I will always remember the good times we spent in our own world upstairs at Aunt Dewey and Uncle Andrew! I know the children and grandchildren will miss her very much. God bless you Iona.
“Iona and I as well as Christine were Delta Gamma Sorority Sisters at University of Alabama. Iona introduced me to my husband, Charles Hogue. I was in her wedding in Dothan and she was in mine in Montgomery in 1951. In fact, I was married in her wedding dress! I had lost touch with her over the years but saw Christine again when I moved to Dothan from LA after Katrina. I'm sorry I did not connect with her again. I have lots of memories of fun at U of A and Birmingham with the family. I am...
“WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY. IT IS ALWAYS SAD TO HEAR OF THE DEATH OF A HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE. THE FAMILY IS IN OUR PRAYERS.
“Cay and Rabin, you are both in my thoughts. I know Iona was a lovely, caring person. She absolutely shines in this photograph. xxoo
“I, too, met Iona at the Crisis Center and immediately bonded with her. She became my confidante, my friend, my counselor. I spent many hours at her kitchen table during my years in Tuscaloosa in the early 70's. A gracious, lovely, caring and giving lady. I had corresponded with her only in the last 18 months after many years, and had so hoped to see her again. My love and thoughts to the family. Kathy Mack-Burton
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