Shirley (Hubbard) Stevens

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Shirley Stevens (Nee Hubbard)
Shirley Stevens (nee Hubbard) found peace on September 1st, 2017 after her long courageous battle with cancer. Shirley was born May 12th, 1937 in Petoskey, Michigan, the second daughter to parents, Ted and Peg Hubbard. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood growing up in her picturesque hometown of Petoskey on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Shirley began her life's adventure at age 19 as a stewardess with Capital Airlines. Life's journey took her to Chicago and then Appleton, Wisconsin. In Appleton, Shirley's strong dedication and work ethic at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce saw her rise to become the Director of Economic Development and interim Chamber president. It was at this time that she met the love of her life Gary through a continuing education course at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Shirley and Gary married in 1987 and she moved to Springfield, Illinois. Shirley retired after 17 years of dedicated service as the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.
In 2010 upon Gary's retirement it was an easy decision to come to Ted and Peg Hubbards's winter home of Bradenton, Florida. Shirley's life in Bradenton was rich and full with friends and family. Shirley played a key role as an Elkette at the Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511. She gave countless hours of her time and energy to fundraisers and events and with her passion, the E.F.E.L.T (Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies) program. Her contributions will never be forgotten and the friendships she and Gary built will always be a treasure.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Gary Stevens of Bradenton, Florida, her sister, Sally Page Clark in Michigan, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends and family.
There are no formal services planned but there will be a celebration of life in honor of Shirley later this year.
Her remains will be interred in Michigan next to her parents in the coming year.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Sept. 12, 2017
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