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Carrie M. Stephens


1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Carrie M. Stephens Obituary
CARRIE M. STEPHENS was the oldest of 12 children of Ernest Dukes, Jr. and Lilla Mae McIntosh Dukes. She was born in Boston, Georgia December 6, 1923. While she was a young child, the family moved to Florida in pursuit of better working conditions. As a child, she was active in church and helped her parents with the other children. Carrie was a cautious child and always wanted to learn how to swim because of the numerous flood warnings in the Florida area. Carrie married Rev. Verdell D. Stephens in Georgia. They moved to Riverside with four of their five children (Irene, Willie Mae, Joseph and Josephine) and Harvey joined the family several years later. While in West Riverside, the sixth child, James, was born. Carrie and Verdell stressed education to their children and all of them graduated from high school and/or received degrees and learned to do what she didn'thow to swim! She worked side by side with her husband for years at the family neighborhood store in Riverside until he became ill. Carrie accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church for over 50 years. She joined the church when the family first moved to Riverside. She served on the Stewardess Board for over 25 years. When she wasn't sitting on the Stewardess Board in the front of the church, she was several rows back in one of her gorgeous hats. Carrie passed on September 20, 2014 in her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Sr., and Lilla Mae; husband, Rev. Verdell D. Stephens; children Willie Mae and James; and grandchildren Phil, Tres and Rhonda. Viewing: Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-5pm at Tillman Riverside Mortuary. Services will be held at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 4009 Locust Street, Riverside, CA at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 3, 2014
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