YORK Mary G. Stephenson, 89, died at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Rest Haven York. She was the wife of the late Charles F. Stephenson, the retired president of YESCO. Mrs. Stephenson was born August 9, 1920, in St. Clair, Pa., a daughter of the late Roy H. and Evelyn (Vaile) Gorman. At age 18 she left the coal regions of Pennsylvania and moved to York. Soon after she arrived she developed an unending love for the City of York. Mary Stephenson was the Women's Editor of the York Sunday News from 1964 until 1989, and continued to write her popular "Party Line" column until 2005. She was a graduate of Thompson's Business School in York. She was a member of York Twinning Association, served as president of Central High School PTA, was an honorary member of Delta Gamma Society for women educators, and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and The Lafayette Club. Prior to joining the staff of the York Sunday News, she was editor for the publication of the 225th Anniversary History Book of York, public relations chair for the United Way of York, chair of the Log House restoration for Historic York, and a member of the advisory board of Family Services. She was a past board member of the Children's Home of York. Mrs. Stephenson was a member and past president of the Young Women's Club. She was the chair of the first Children's Concert sponsored by the Young Women's Club and the York Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Women's Network of York. She was a charter member and past president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Women in Communication, where she was named "Outstanding Communicator" in 1984. She received Communications Matrix Awards in 1979, 1980, and 1981, and was listed in the 1982 edition of "The World's Who's Who of Women." She received the Athena Award in 1999, which is an annual award for women selected by the York County Chamber of Commerce for both professional and volunteer work. Mrs. Stephenson is survived by a daughter, Kathleen A. Stephenson of York; two sons, C. Robert Stephenson and his wife, Michelle of York, and Richard S. Stephenson and his wife, Lori of Dover; four grandchildren, Abraham Stephenson, Nathan Stephenson, Brent Vukmer, and Matthew Vukmer; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Yates of York and Evelyn Kormash of Bradenton, Fla.; and a brother, Lee Gorman of Cape May, N.J. A celebration of Mrs. Stephenson's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, 29 S. George St., York, with the Rev. Marie K. Krueger, Pastoral Associate, officiating. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow at the Lafayette Club, 59 E. Market St., York. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, 863 S. George St., York (the former Hahn Home), is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Stephenson's family has requested that memorial contributions be made to ACCESS-York/YWCA, 320 E. Market St., York, PA 17403. KuhnerAssociates.com
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
To all who loved her: While Mary may seem not to be "around town" anymore, her aura will never fade as long as she is remembered and talked about; and we all know there is much to remember and talk about regarding Mary. What a great lady and what a character: She could have given lessons to Molly Brown! The only thing more enticing than seeing a smiling Mary walk toward you on the street, at a meeting, at a party, or the thousand other places she got to, was to see Mary and Steve walk toward you together. What a wonderful couple they were! She gave so unselfishly and so consistantly it is hard to know where all that energy and concern came from. If York had five more like her...well. And yet, there was only ONE Mary and we have all been the better to have had the delight in knowing her. Tom Schaefer
June 27, 2010
My condolences to the Stephenson family on the passing of Mary, one of the classiest, sweetest, interesting woman I have ever known. I am honored to have known her.
June 27, 2010
"Mary through her column in the York Sunday News was a delightful observer of the York social scene. It was a treat to know her. And while she has been on the sidelines for some time, her spirit and journalistic legacy remain unique."
June 24, 2010
Mary was a kind and generous woman who always wore a smile -- and great clothes!. She was generous with her time and was always willing to mentor a budding communicator. Even when we visited her at Rest Haven, she was cheerful and upbeat. I will miss her and the great fun we had together, especially in Women in Communications.
June 24, 2010
It was an honor to have a small part in her care. My best to the family, How blessed you have been to call this women your Mother.
June 23, 2010
To the family of Mary Stephenson, Janis Rozelle and I want to extend our condolences. Put your hand in the lord's hand and everything will be all right. May God bless and keep you.
Wm. Lee Smallwood
June 23, 2010
Always a smile on my face when I think of a chance meeting in town or a party with Mary in attendance. She was so much a part of being downtown in York for me. My best wishes to Rip and the rest of her family.
June 23, 2010
I will cherish my memories of lunch dates with Mary, when she would share stories about the community we both loved so much. I will remember her fondly, and send my best wishes to Rob and the rest of her family in their time of loss.