Shirley Northam STEVENS (1929 - 2018)

  • "I heard today of Shirley's passing. What wonderful..."
    - Marlene Bumbeck
  • "Otto, Diane & Mark, Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy..."
    - Michele Aeck
  • "Please accept our deepest sympathies as you confront what..."
    - Melissa Luna
  • "With sadness I heard of Shirley s death. But there is joy..."
    - Cynthia Dall
  • "Diane, Chris, Lindsey, Otto and all the family of Shirley;..."
    - Dorothy Stewart

STEVENS, Shirley Northam (Age 89) December 8, 1929 - December 23, 2018 Just two weeks after her 89th birthday, we said good bye to our loving wife and mother, Shirley Stevens. Shirley was born December 8, 1929, to Hedley John Northam and Ellen Whitlatch Northam in Butte, Montana. Shirley spent most of her youth in Helena but attended High School in Casper, Wyoming, graduating in 1947. After attending Carroll College in Helena for one year, she graduated from Montana State College in Bozeman with a degree in Medical Technology. At Montana State she met Otto Stevens and they were married August 23, 1952. Shirley and Otto lived in Chicago while Otto completed dental school, then on to San Clemente and Bremerton during Otto's US Navy assignments. Shirley and Otto moved to Spokane in 1956 where Otto established his dental practice and they raised their five children. Shirley was active as a Camp Fire leader and in the Messiah Lutheran Church Sunday School and she was an avid supporter of her family's many activities. She spent countless hours volunteering for Deaconess Hospital, among other interests. Shirley was a loving mom and will be greatly missed. Shirley is survived by her husband, Otto Stevens; her sister, Beverley Northam Wahl (Cincinnati, Ohio); and her children: Scott Stevens (Suzi) of Madison, Alabama, Diane Paxton, Spokane, Rich Stevens, Spokane, Brian Stevens (Denise), Coeur d'Alene, and Kristi Rice (Rob), Spokane. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service in her honor will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt Street, Spokane, at 11:00 A.M., on Friday, January 4. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Shirley's honor to Lutheran Community Services Northwest ( or Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest ( .
Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 30, 2018 to Jan. 2, 2019