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Marjorie Evans Stevens

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.

Funeral Services

A funeral service and celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The family will receive and greet friends at the Church beginning at 10:30 am, with Marjorie’s service to follow at 11:30 am. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Condolences

    Melanie Venet lit a candle and writes,
    Marjorie was always so warm with her greeting and bright smile as we sat down for church service a pew behind her. Receptive with her touch and kind words seem to be norm for her nature. I missed seeing her smile over time but remember her kind words spoken over the years. Thinking of you with love and great fondness.
    01/30/2019 07:56 pm
    Dan Loftus writes,
    Stevens family, Please accept my condolences on your recent loss. In the times I was in her company, I always enjoyed [maybe feared?] our spirited political discussion [more like polemics!!!]. She raised a great family. DL
    01/31/2019 11:13 am
    Mary L. Yemc writes,
    Melissa, Joan Bisson and I were planning to come this morning, but due to the cold weather and road conditions we felt we should not be out there, I have often thought of your mother and did not know how to reach her. I did not know whether you lived in the same place yet since we'd lost contact with her a few years ago. I extend my sympathy to you and your sister and brothers. You must be deeply loved by your mother for the care you gave her. May she rest in peace. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Mrs. Yemc
    02/02/2019 09:37 am

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