VENICE, Florida (Formerly Warren, Ohio) – Jean M. Stevens, a long-time resident of Warren, Ohio died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Tidewell Hospice Center in Venice, Florida.
Born June 26, 1927 in Sandyville, West Virginia, she was the last survivor of five sisters, Madelyn Houchen, Hazel Leon Haynes, Leatha Deem, Ruth Mitchell and brothers, Carl and Clair Grady.
A graduate of Parkersburg High School, in Parkersburg West Virginia, she was trained as a business secretary and served as an assistant to senior military officers at the Ravenna, Ohio Arsenal during World War II.
After ensuring her children were raised, she re-entered to work force as an office assistant for Dr. Lewis Sarkos, in Warren, Ohio for many years.
On June 30, 1946, she married Master Sargent Franklin Stevens, Jr., who had just honorably completed a four-year commitment in the United States Air Corps. He served in the South Pacific Islands, in the 485th bomb squadron as a B-29 tail gunner and squadron leader.
Jean and Frank lived in the Warren, Ohio area for 62 years and were parents of David A. Stevens (Palm Harbor, Florida), Elaine J. Dilella (Warren, Ohio) and Phil K. Stevens (West Chicago, Illinois).
Frank and Jean moved to a permanent residence in Bradenton, Florida in 2002.
Jean is survived by many grandchildren. From her son, David: Jason, Kendra, Racheal, Joel. From her daughter, Elaine: Anthony
DiLella and Rebecca DiLella-Marteny and from her son, Phil and Debra Stevens: Megan.
Jean was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Warren, Ohio, where she served as a Christian Educator for more than 20 years. She served on the church board of education, as a Deaconess and Rena Mederer circle of women’s ministries. Later in life, Jean continued her charitable work through the Masonic Eastern Star organization, in domestic and foreign (Africa) missions, within their Morning Light organization.
Memorial gifts are encouraged to Jean’s long term charity interest, the March of Dimes, 1601 Motor Inn Dr. # 250, Girard, OH 44420.
A memorial service will be held at Central Christian Church, 2051 East Market Street, Warren on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rick Oaks officiating.
Arrangements handled by McFarland & Son Funeral and Cremation Services.