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Vera M. Stephens

October 1, 1926 — June 13, 2020

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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