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Viola Hayes Stephens

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Viola Hayes Stephens of Paradise, passed away on May 10. Mrs. Stephens, a native of Easley, South Carolina, was 92 years old. Her husband, J B Stephens, preceded her in death in 1991.

Viola and J B were married in Atlanta, Georgia in March 1934 and moved to southern California that year. After working as a draftsman for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach during World War ll, Viola returned to her career as a homemaker. The couple moved to Paradise upon J B's retirement in 1970.

Outside the home, Mrs. Stephens was an active member of the First Baptist Church and the American Baptist Women. She held a life membership in the California Parent Teacher Association, serving in that organization from 1952 until 1966 and as the Lynwood, CA High School PTA President in 1962-63. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 549. Viola loved reading, sewing, clothes, baking, watching football, birds, especially her parakeets, and visiting with her friends.

Mrs. Stephens is survived by her son Jan, his wife Frances and daughter Emily of Irvine, CA, and niece Alta Miller of Dallas, Texas.

A graveside service will be held May 14th at 2 p.m. at Paradise Cemetery. Pastor Dave Snow of the Paradise First Baptist Church will officiate.

Donations can be made to the Butte County Friends of the Library, c/o Rose Chapel Mortuary, 6382 Clark Rd., Paradise Ca 95969
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 14, 2009
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