Marjorie Evans Stevens, passed into God’s hands on January 29, 2019, at the age of 92 years. She died peacefully at home while under the selfless and devoted care of her daughter, Melissa Stevens, and Melissa’s husband, Rick Howard. Joining Melissa and Rick in the loving watch were Melissa’s sister and brothers, grandchildren, the office Dr. David Grubbs, and the amazing Delaware Hospice nursing staff of Laura, Tamika, Michelle, Beth, Katrina, Joelle, Charlotte and Jennifer.
Marjorie is the daughter of the late John T. Evans and Mildred Davies Evans, and the sister of the late Joan Evans Samuel. She was born in Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1926. She grew up as part of Scranton’s Welsh community, graduating in 1944 from Central High School in Scranton. She attended the University of Pennsylvania’s College for Women. She graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Shortly after graduating from Penn, she married a young US Navy officer, the late Thomas S. Stevens, whom she had met in Cape May, NJ.
Through the times of Tom’s service in the Korean War, his fulfilling career with DuPont, and all throughout the ensuing 64 years of their life together, they built a loving, virtually inseparable family. After moving with Tom and her growing family to various DuPont locations in Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tennessee, and finally settling permanently in Wilmington in 1966.
In Wilmington, Marjorie dedicated her time and considerable talents to raising her children, supporting the Green Hill Presbyterian Church, and other volunteer work. For over 37 years, Marjorie volunteered her services and leadership at the Mary Campbell Center. While a volunteer, after completing an extensive course of study in nursing home administration, she obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license and served as needed as the Center’s interim Executive Director. Between 1998 and 2006, she chaired the Center’s Board of Directors; and in 2017, the Mary Campbell Center awarded her its highest honor—The Founder’s Award.
Marjorie was a gifted pianist and accompanist. True to her Welsh heritage, she sang soprano for countless years in the Green Hill Presbyterian Church Choir. She was a member of the Welsh Society of Delaware and enjoyed singing at its annual St. David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu in March.
Marjorie is survived by her children Melissa Stevens (Rick), Elizabeth Stevens Wilson (Samuel); John L. Stevens (Miriam); Thomas A. Stevens (Ellen); her grandchildren Erin Monaghan; William Wilson (Rosa), David Wilson (Danielle), Meredith Wilson, and John Wilson; Thomas, Kira, and MaryLynn Stevens; Caitlin Swarr (Mike); Anna Doyle; and her great-grandchildren: Laura, Joshua, and James Wilson (on-the-way); Will and Lyla Kovalcik; and Evelyn and Theodore Swarr.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mary Campbell Center, 4641 Weldin Road, Wilmington DE 19803 or Green Hill Presbyterian Church, 3112 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.