Frances Stephenson Obituary

August 12, 1931 ~ July 31, 2023

91 Years Old


Frances Marie Stephenson, 91, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2023.  She resided in Nacogdoches, Texas at the time of her passing.  Frances was born on August 12, 1931, in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to Harold Barrow and Ruby Wallace Barrow.

In February 1952, Frances married Ralph Ben Stephenson.  Shortly after, Ralph shipped out for military service.  When he returned 2 years later, she had purchased their first and only house where they lived and raised their children.  After her husband passed away in 1997, she sold the house and moved to Nacogdoches to be closer to children and grandchildren.

After high school and business college her many careers included secretarial work, payroll clerk, caring for children in her home and operating Stephenson’s Tot-to-Teen, a children’s clothing store in Mt. Pleasant.

She was a member of Nevill’s Chapel Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant where she served as treasurer and secretary prior to her moving away.

She enjoyed several hobbies including reading, collecting teapots and watching Hallmark movies.

In 2016 she became a resident of Westward Trails Nursing Home where the staff soon became a second family. Their care for her was exemplary and we are truly thankful for their love and service.

Frances is survived by her son, Kerry and wife, Lesa Stephenson, of Sherman, Texas; daughter, Janice and husband, Billy Birdwell of Nacogdoches and daughter, Diana and husband Kenneth Boubel of Nacogdoches.  Also grandchildren Melissa Stephenson, Ryan Stephenson, Christen Myles and husband, David, Catherine McCown and husband, Colton, Trenton Birdwell, Ty Birdwell, and Trey Birdwell; and seven great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister Jo Ann Hammonds Moore of Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

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