Geraldine Stevens
1945 - 2016
Parrish Funeral Home
Selma, NC
Geraldine Stevens

North Carolina - Geraldine Neilsen Stevens, 71, Smithfield, NC, passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at SECU Hospice Home after a brief, brave and courageous battle with lung cancer. Geri dearly loved her family and especially loved their annual family vacations on Oak Island. Geri's smile was infectious, her generosity was profound, and her goodness was bountiful to all who knew her. She was a small business owner committed to enhancing the customer's delight with custom created balloon bouquets and a variety of craft items for any occasion.

Geri was born on January 9, 1945, in Norfolk, VA, the youngest daughter to Ward and Elizabeth Neilsen. She is preceded in death by her parents and older brother Robert Neilsen. She is survived by her determinedly devoted husband of 49 years, Dean C. Stevens, dedicated daughters and son-in-law, Beth and Joseph McFadyen of Florence, SC, and Emily Stevens of Chapel Hill, NC, loving grandsons Andrew McFadyen and Jacob McFadyen, beloved sister and brother-in-law Jacqueline and Gordon West, Norfolk, VA, sister-in-law Barbara Neilsen,Cary, N.C.,brother-in-law David E. Stevens, Smithfield, NC and nieces and nephews: Jenean Todd, Mark West, Kenneth Neilsen, Amy Woolard, Molly Williams and Kim Hart.

The family will honor her memory at a private ceremony in Virginia Beach, VA. The family is particularly grateful for the compassionate care Geri received from the physicians at Horizons Family Medicine and the physicians, nurses and staff on the fourth-floor of Johnston Health. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the Angel Fund at Johnston Health Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Gifts can be made online at or payable to Johnston Health Foundation, PO Box 1376, Smithfield, NC 27577. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Feb. 28, 2016.
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I have such fond memories of Geri. I was in school with both Beth and Emily and after meeting Geri and working with her; I could see her through her daughters. I will be sending my love and prayers to the whole family and pray that God blesses and comforts you all.
Karen Sullivan
March 3, 2016
My sincere condolences and special prayers go out to the Stevens family. Your family has been very special to my family and we have special memories . A special hello to you Emily from the Whitley family...Beckie,Chuck,Bill & Jen
Beckie Whitley
February 29, 2016
Dear Stevens Family,
My condolences go out to your family during this time. Mrs. Stevens, as well as all of you, had become part of our family during your stay with us in the hospital. Mrs. Stevens was a wonderful lady and we all grew to love her and your family. May your happy memories help all of you during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Christy Collins
February 29, 2016
Dear Friends,
I knew Geri in xray school at Norfolk General. As young women we thought we had it all...and we did..A future ahead of her with Dean and me with Bob and off to the future we went. I am indeed sorry for your loss. She will be missed and loved in your memories and stories you have to share with the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pam Rasch Flanagan
pam flanagan
February 28, 2016
Dean, Beth, Emily - my heart goes out to all of you. I have fond memories of your Mom from long ago. I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face and laughter, even through her previous battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers will be with each of you now and in the days to come.
Sadie Fonville (McCausley) Beadle
February 27, 2016
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