Vera M. Stephens

Oct 1st, 1926 - Jun 13th, 2020
Vera M. Stephens

Marion- Vera M. Stephens, age 93, of Marion, passed away at 4:46pm on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Randolph County Care Center in Sparta.

Vera was born in Marion on October 1, 1926 the daughter of Clarence and Flossie (Proctor) Smoot. She married Dennis D. Stephens on June 21, 1943 in Charleston, Missouri and together they shared over 62 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on October 26, 2005.

Vera was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church, which her grandfather, L.L. Smoot, had founded.

Survivors include-
Son- Gary D. Stephens and wife Debra of Sparta
Daughter- Dianne Stapleton of Goreville
Grandchild- Rachel Erdmann and husband Clayton of St. Charles, MO
Grandchild- Travis Stephens and wife Kelly of Vero Beach, FL

Five great grandchildren- Benjamin, Stephen, and Jonathan Erdmann

     Miles and Riker Stephens
Sister-in-law- Dorothy Smoot of Taylorville

Preceded by: Parents, husband, three brothers- Wendell Smoot and wife Florence, Loren Smoot, Rev. James Smoot and wife Ruby, and son-in-law- Steven Stapleton.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND BY THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER, private graveside services will be held at Oddfellows Cemetery in Marion with Rev. Danny Ward officiating. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

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8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Peggy Jean Smoot

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 16, 2020

    Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. I am not acquainted with Vera’s children but remember her and her parents Clarence and Flossie and her brothers. Families visited many years ago. Rev L L and my great grandfather Frank were brothers.

  • Guest: JoEllen (Vaughn) Anderson

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: June 16, 2020

    Gary, Dianne and family. I am sorry to hear of Vera’s passing. I have many pleasant childhood memories of playing in your yard when my Grandpa and Grandma Vaughn would visit with your family. Keeping you in my prayers during the coming days.

  • Guest: Linda Thompson

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: June 17, 2020

    Dianne, Gary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of the annual Stephens reunions when we would all play together as children. Vera was so kind to keep in touch with my mother, Dorothy (Stephens) Thompson, in the years before she passed in 2014. It was delightful to attend the 90th birthday gathering for Vera a few years ago. She was a special lady and will be missed.

  • Guest: Mildred & Jim Clark

    From: , Illinois

    Date: June 18, 2020

    So sorry to hear of aunt Vera’s death. I will miss not stopping at here assisted living home in Sparta, Il. I am so glad I was able to stop by and see her on Sept. 19, 2019.

    Mildred and Jim Clark

  • Guest: James Sanders

    From: Mount Vernon , Indiana

    Date: June 22, 2020

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Vera. I know she is now enjoying being reunited with Uncle Dennis and many other family members. I know she will be greatly missed. Prayers for Dianne and Gary and families.

  • Guest: Betty L. Stephens

    From: Pekin,, Illinois

    Date: June 22, 2020

    sorry to hear about Vera Mae–I was with Mildred and Jim when we stopped to see her.

  • Guest: Sheri (Sanders) Jean

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 25, 2020

    So sorry she is gone. I used to enjoy visiting with Aunt Vera. When she lived in Marion we used to call each other from time to time.

  • Guest: Marcia Zwick

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 27, 2020

    Dear Dianne & Gary, our deepest sympathies and prayers are sent to you & your family. Your family has been such a part of our life on Carbon Street & the neighborhood. Our mothers were the keepers of the block over the past years and developed their own special friendship. We hope your memories bring you comfort & peace during this sad time as Heaven gains a new angel. Kevin, Abby, Marcia Zwick, and Laurel Thomas