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Sherine Georges Stephens


1934 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Sherine Georges Stephens
March 11, 1934 ~ September 3, 2104
The brilliant night sky has gained an even brighter star. Sherine Georges Stephens, "Little G," beloved wife, mother, sister, auntie, big Guag and friend lost a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Her generous heart and thoughtful spirit is carried on by her husband and best friend of 56 years, Dr. F. Ralph Stephens, her two children, Sam Stephens and Sherianne Grimm, son in law, Bill Grimm, four grandchildren, Sam, Ashley, Katharine and Elizabeth, her sister, Valene, brother, Raymond, nieces and nephews, and an extended family of relatives, colleagues and friends from every walk of life. She was born March 11, 1934 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Samuel W. Georges, MD and Elizabeth A. Larson Georges.
Sherine was a nurse by profession, graduating from Loretta Heights College, Denver Colorado. She worked as a Public Health Nurse in Cleveland, Ohio while her husband finished Dental School. They settled in Salt Lake City to start a dental practice and raise a family. She worked in the dental practice managing the business office and greeting patients.
As her children got older she turned to her true passion, the "arts." She loved music. Any music. She enjoyed playing the piano and had since she was a small child, Her favorite times were accompanying her dog Rascal who would "sing' as she played. She directed the choir at St. Ambrose Church for 8 years, took professional voice lessons, which resulted in 3 recitals for friends and family. She loved to accompany her husband to the Chesapeake Duck Club or their cabin in Fishlake, where she took up an interest in outdoor photography with an emphasis on wildlife and the beauty of the places she loved and visited. Her photos were purchased and exhibited locally at various locations. She called her exhibitions, "As I See It."
From the age of 18, Sherine began writing poetry. Later in life, she took several poetry classes from the University of Utah English Department, including a class from Poet Laureate Mark Strand. She recently worked with her daughter to edit 41 of her poems for publication, under the title, "As I See It With Words." Sherine loved words. She loved to beat Ralph at Scrabble, with always a huge dictionary near by. She was a voracious reader all of her life. If a word or quote spoke to her, she wrote it down and it was taped somewhere to influence someone else.
Sherine left this Eskimo Legend clipped to a picture of her four grandchildren with an intention to send it to them. "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." We are so blessed to know she now shines down on us, peaceful and happy.
Sherine leaves her family inspired by her example. Thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity: She never forgot a birthday. If there was illness or challenge, you could expect a regular dose of encouragement. She regularly gave to numerous charities. Any little gesture resulted in an instant thank you note. She avoided the digital and loved to write letters. She wrote to everyone, about everything, often including an article she thought you might find interesting and confetti that fell out all over everywhere. There is probably not a friend or relative that has not received a card from her that touched a heart, tickled a funny bone, or gave you a dose of courage. This often included giving you a nickname She loved to bake and cook and to share a meal with friends and family. Fresh flowers, fine china, crystal and silver always part of the package.
Sherine believed in and practiced giving back to her community. She served in many leadership and service positions. She was a board member of the MS Society, The Salt Lake City Arts Council, President of St Ambrose Altar Society, Committee member for Metropolitan Opera tryouts, member of Daria Book Club and Utah State Chapter of the PEO sisterhood. As Choir Director she began a tradition of taking the choir out to sing for the Carmelite sisters at Christmastime.
Sherine taught us to stand tall, be a straight shooter, do the right thing and don't lose your sense of fun. Sherine could be as tough as nails, fierce and feisty, honest to a fault, and she would demand the best of you. It could be intimidating, but if you got to know her, you got to know her heart. You couldn't miss her love of people and concern for others, her loyalty to friends and family, the twinkle in her eye when she was up to something or playing a joke on a favorite target. She created a special wave and goodbye for her grandchildren "soon raccoon" with a little round wave and was great at making all kinds of faces.
Sherine's house always included a dog, sometimes two or three. Birdfeeders graced the decks and hummingbird feeders were always present. It never ceased to excite her when the "hummers" came to eat. Animals of all kinds brought her comfort and joy.
Sherine's family would like to thank Dr. Sause, Dr. Prystas, Jeri, and Cathy, the Hearts for Hospice team - Dr. Oliver, Melinda, Dustin, Joey, Nicole, Alex, Christine, and Reverend Andrzej Skrzypiec who made several visits to the house to bless and comfort her. Your efforts on her behalf gave us hope and embraced our family with love, kindness, assistance and support. Words are not adequate to express our gratitude.
In honor of Sherine and to spread the goodness of her spirit, we ask that you reach out to someone in need, write a card, embrace a friend, or donate to . In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the MS Society or the Scholarship fund c/o of PEO, Chapter D.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East, where friends may call one hour prior. A vigil service will be held Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, where friends may call from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Committal, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South. A celebration lunch with friends and family will be held immediately following the committal at the Social Center at Saint Ambrose Church.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2014
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