Barbara Stephenson
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WILLIAMSBURG - Barbara Beck Stephenson, 82, of Williamsburg, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.
She was born on Oct. 22, 1926, in Winchester, Va., to William Ernest and Meta Grim Beck. Mrs. Stephenson later moved to Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School, where she met the love of her life, Elmo Stephenson. When Elmo joined the Navy at a very young age, she knew that she would wait for him and be with him for eternity.
Barbara was active in various community organizations during her lifetime, but her passion was being a loving wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Throughout their years together, she was the quiet encourager to her beloved Elmo. Their mutual love and admiration brought them together in life, and upon Elmo's death on January 21, 2009, Barbara realized that she was lost without him.
Survivors include her children, Sharon McCormick and her husband, Frank of Midlothian, Va.; Elmo L. Stephenson, Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Riner, Va.; Bill Stephenson and his wife, Michelle of Gilbert, Ariz.; and Patricia Adams and her husband, Clark of Midlothian, Va. Mrs. Stephenson is also survived by nine grandchildren, Ryan, Blake, and Lindsay McCormick; Elmo L. Stephenson, III (Chip); Shelby, Ashley, and Megan Stephenson; and Zachary and Lauren Adams; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Stephenson and Olivia McCormick. Other survivors include her brother, Bill Beck and his wife, Ruby of Winchester, Va., and several nieces and nephews.
A joint service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Newport News at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009, to celebrate the lives of Barbara and Elmo. Family and friends will be received at a reception in the Parish Hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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Published in Daily Press from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2009.
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February 23, 2009
Sharon, Bob and I are so sorry about the unbelievable loss of your Father and Mother. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.
Jean & Bob Douthitt
February 20, 2009
Sharon, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your parents. May God bless you and give you comfort.
Delores & Roger Douglass
February 20, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to the Stevenson family for your losses. We consider Barbara and Elmo one of our closest friends. We will miss them, but know they are together again. Love,
Bill & Marla Mitchell
February 18, 2009
Bill, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, as well as your dad. I was unaware until now of your dad's passing. I remember them both as loving and caring parents. My prayers are with you and your family.
Donna (Griffin) Wilkins
February 18, 2009
Sharon, I am so very sorry that you and your family have to experience the loss of both of your parents. They seemed to be such a wonderful example of a truly loving couple. I never had the opportunity to meet them, but you are a strong reflection of their outstanding personalities, I am sure. My prayers are with you.
Vicki Sugar
February 18, 2009
We are so sorry for the tremdous loss of your Mom and Dad. It was an honor to have known them and have been counted as one of their many friends. They have touched so many lives in a positive way and will never be forgotten. Bob and Sandy Ostberg
Robert Ostberg
February 18, 2009
Dear Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Dad. We remember the good times we had when living in James Landing and having your folks open their gorgeous home for Garden Tour week for my Garden Club. I know they both touched the lives of many and you were so fortunate to have 2 wonderful parents.
Nancy Lee Huffman-Grey
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