Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Elyria 79°


Barbara L. Stevens


Barbara L. Stevens went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, June 9, 2019. She was born in Henrietta Township on Thursday, May 30, 1921, to Raymond G. and Dora (nee Latteman) Brown. She graduated from Henrietta High School and completed post-secondary education at the Oberlin School of Commerce.

Over the years, she used her secretarial and bookkeeping skills as a dedicated employee of several firms. On June 15, 1942, she married Merton A. Stevens at the Henrietta E & R Church. They were blessed with three children and 30 years of marriage, until he passed away July 5, 1972. Barbara faithfully attended the LaPorte United Methodist Church. Dear to her heart was being a member of the Wednesday morning Bible study group and the Lydia Circle. She contributed countless hours and baked goods to church dinners and supported many activities of the church. Her family enjoyed her contributions to family gatherings. Pies, especially cherry pie, cookies and waffles were favorites. Barbara was still actively participating in the Silver Sneakers program, where she was an inspiration to other participants who became special friends.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She corresponded regularly with nieces and cousins and especially enjoyed visits with Kathy Bruns and Lois Krebs. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and an infant brother, George Leonard Brown.

Those surviving to cherish her memory are her sons, Raymond O. Stevens and Olin M. (Brenda) Stevens; daughter, Rose Ann (Richard D.) Hopkins and sister, Laura M. Krebs; she will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Richard S. (Rebecca) Hopkins, Robyn (Jason) Houze, Randi Hopkins, Rachael (Kevin) McNeal, Rebecca (John) Barnes and Samuel Stevens; besides her children and grandchildren, she enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren, Robinetta Hopkins, Ethan and Owen Houze and Esther and Winslow McNeal.

Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57), Elyria, 440-322-4626 and 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at LaPorte UMC, 2071 Grafton Rd., Elyria. Burial will be at Birmingham Cemetery, Florence Twp.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.laubenthalmercado.com

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