Athens - Grace Winston Stephens, 94, died July 7, 2010.
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Born in Athens, GA, on November 27, 1915, Mrs. Stephens was the daughter of the late Ambrose Penn and India Jewell Kinnebrew Winston. She graduated from Athens High School with distinction in 1933, then attended the University of Georgia where she received a B.S. in Home Economics in 1937. While at the University she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor societies, was president of the YWCA, and was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She was also a member of the University's equestrian team.
Mrs. Stephens taught Home Economics for a year in Evans, Ga., before her marriage to Robert G. Stephens, Jr., on July 20, 1938. They were married for 64 years until his death in 2003.
During her years as a homemaker in Athens, she was a member of the Athens Junior League, the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Guild, the Glenwood Garden Club, the Junior Ladies Garden Club, the Athens Country Club, and the Wednesday Study Club. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens, where she met and married her husband, Bob, and where she served as an Elder. She was a member of the Women of the Church, Circle No. three/four, the Thursday Morning Bible Study group, and served on numerous committees over the years.
Following her husband's election to the United States Congress in 1960, she graciously took on the role of a politician's wife, maintaining a second residence in Virginia, and becoming active in the Congressional Wives' Club, the First Lady's Prayer Group, and other volunteer activities. At the same time, she remained a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who was dearly loved by her family and friends. All who knew her will miss her generous and energetic spirit.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Robert G. Stephens, III, and Judge Lawton E. Stephens; two daughters, Winston Stephens and Mary Stephens Hopper; daughters-in-law, Dr. Carolyn Stephens and Mary Stephens; sons-in-law, Jack Dohany and Dennis Hopper; a sister, Mary W. Rooker, Atlanta; ten grandchildren: Dr. Robert G. Stephens, IV (Alison), Dr. John Stephens (Anne), Brendan Stephens, Rebecca Stephens, Alexander Stephens, Merideth Sheskey, Lawton Stephens, Jr., Grace Stephens, Joseph Hopper, and Jefferson Hopper; three great-grandchildren, Katherine, Sarah, and Emma Stephens, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her older brother, Ambrose P. Winston, Jr., and her twin brother, Dr. Richard Kinnebrew Winston.
Her family would like to thank her caregivers, including Betty Bush, Helen Belcher, Jerry Norman, the staff at Arbor Terrace, and VistaCare Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Athens at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 9, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. The Reverend John Kipp will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to First Presbyterian Church of Athens, 185 E. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601.
On line condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Bernstein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 9, 2010