MARTHA WARREN STEVENS LANSING, IL Martha Warren Stevens, age 85, passed away peacefully at sunset, in the loving care of her family on September 13, 2012 at Waneta Lake in Dundee, NY. She was the mother of David P. Stevens of Hinsdale, IL, Robert W. Stevens of Northville, MI and Scott A. Stevens of Dundee, NY. She was the beloved grandmother of nine grandchildren and a great grandmother of two great grandchildren. Martha was born to Lida and Harry Warren in Boston, MA and spent her childhood in Bronxville, NY. She attended Northfield Girls School in Northfield, MA. Martha was a Class of '48 graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY when relatively few women pursued higher education. Her college career included playing on the Women's Basketball Team. It was at Cornell that she met and married Porter G. Stevens, her husband for 21 years. Martha was an accomplished artist and painter who live in Lansing for over 30 years and owned The Studio Gift Shop from 1980 to 1987. Acting got in her blood at Northfield and, as a member of the Lansing Junior Women's Club, Martha enjoyed acting in many plays. She loved her cats, classical music and working on the New York Times word puzzles. She put her remarkable energy into gardening, playing bridge and painting even into her last year. She had been a volunteer at the Humane Society of the Calumet Area in Munster, IN. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Schroeder- Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd., Lansing, IL with Rev. Barb Page Kell officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Martha's honor may be made to the Humane Society of the Calumet Area, 421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321 or the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Although she was active and fiercely independent, we remember best the warm and cozy home she created for all her family to return to. We will forever cherish sitting in her sunny kitchen with a cup of coffee, a plate of homemade cookies and her undivided attention, telling her our dreams, troubles and passions. We are all better people having had her love in our lives. www.schroederlauer.com
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Published in The Times from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2012
Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home
3227 Ridge Road Lansing, IL 60438