Myrtis Lois Whitmire Stevens
Mother Myrtis Lois Whitmire Stevens spent her first Easter in Heaven. She sweetly left her loved ones Friday evening and opened her eyes free from all earthly pain to see and know she is home at last after 96 years.
Myrtis was the older daughter of John and Homer Whitmire, born Aug. 3, 1904, in Grant County. She was preceded in death by one brother: Basil Scott Whitmire; and one sister: Murlee Stacks. Growing up, she married John "Shorty" Stevens, May 1, 1919 near Sheridan. Shortly preceded her in death in August 1980.
Myrtis was a member of the Marlow Baptist for the past 68 years.
Myrtis was the mother of nine children, five of which preceded her in death: two sons, James O. Stevens and Tommy "Jr." Stevens, and three daughters, Willa Buchanan, Marjorie Sue Stevens, and Virginia Ann Evans. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild, Jeffrey Todd Stevens.
Survivors include one sons: Dr. Bob Stevens and wife Adine of Colbert, Okla.; three daughters: Juanita Benson and her late husband James of Arlington, Texas, Nancy Tapp and husband Harry of Redfield, and Barbara Nichols and husband Buddy of Redfield; 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
While studying in the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock, her son Bobby was sent visiting in the old state hospital and the sign on the front desk made a lasting impression which read: "One mother can take care of eleven children, but eleven children cannot take care of one mother" Bobby's three living sisters, Jaunita, Nancy and Barbara took care of their mother, in the home of their mother, and each stood there when she was ushered into eternity.
Funeral services were conducted April 16, 3 p.m. at Marlow Baptist Church near Sheridan by the Rev. Charles Lewallen, pastor of the church. Burial was in Bethel-North Cemetery near Sheridan by Buie Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were James Heflin, Greg Burris, Chuck Croy, Dwayne Riely, Ian Dahlager, Johnny Evans and Charles Bowman. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Healey, Jimmy Stevens, Spencer Croy and Michael Wright.