Stella M. Stevenson | 1917 - 2012 | Obituary

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Stella M. Stevenson

Born: September 17, 1917
Died: February 05, 2012

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Stella Stevenson, 94, of Faulkton, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the Faulkton Healthcare Center.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the United Church of Faulkton with Pastor Bill Hoffman officiating.  Burial followed at the Faulkton Cemetery.  Visitation was held at 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Luce Funeral Home, Faulkton.

Stella Mabel Bailey was born to Harry & Elizabeth (Strom) Bailey on September 17, 1917 at their farmstead 6 1/2 miles NE of Loyalton, SD. She joined two brothers, Walter & Roy.  She started school in 1923 in the Liberty View School in Liberty Township, and attended there three years. The family then moved to the original Bailey farm, 2 miles N of Loyalton. Stella finished grade school and 4 yrs. of High School at Loyalton, graduating in 1935.

Stella married Truman William Stevenson on July 17, 1935. They lived on the Stevenson homestead in Enterprise Township in Norbeck, SD.  Stella was baptized into the Baptist faith, in 1939 at the Hamomock Dam. They had one child, Maxine Louise on June 6, 1936. They attended picture movies, danced at house parties, had jamboree parties, and attended many family reunions. Over the years they traveled to 27 different states.  Truman passed away on April 18, 1974.

Stella then married Milton Jay Stevenson on June 17, 1975.  They continued to live on the Stevenson farm. They purchased a home in Faulkton in 1983. Milton passed away on September 16, 1984.  On April 17, 1990, Stella married Emmett Juul from Lennox, SD. They married in Ipswich, SD. Emmett passed away on August 23, 2002.

Education was very important to Stella.  She started her teaching career during WW2.  She was a teacher at Stevenson and Orlean Schools at Norbeck, also taught at Onaka, Cresbard, and Hot Springs schools.  She then taught 25 years in the Pierre School system.  She attended Northern State College.  She also attended the University of SD at Vermillion, Drake University in Des Moines, IA and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  She had a major in education, minors in science, geography, history, dancing, music and physical education.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery, furniture upholstery, leather tooling, oil painting, photography, calligraphy, restoring dolls, collecting cardinals, and working on the Loyalton History book. Violin playing was a family favorite and she also played the piano at fiddling events.

Stella belonged to the South Dakota Educational Association, National Education Association, Hot Springs & Pierre Educational Association, Business & Professional Women of Hot Springs, American Association of University Woman, Rights & Responsibilities Committee for Teachers, Retired Teachers, Historical Society, Hospital Auxiliary, Arts & Crafts Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Domestic Katts Extension Club, Norbeck Willing Workers Club and Square Dance Clubs.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Ardis Bailey; son-in-law, Roger Larson; grandchildren: Jerrine Larson, Charlene Larson, Francine (Doug) Carlson, Dannine (Dave) Gnat, Karlene (Jeff) Singer, Corrine (Jerry) Weyand, Kristine (Tom) Meyer, Brad (Jamie) Larson and Brent (Gwen) Larson.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry & Elizabeth Bailey; brothers, Roy and Mrytle Bailey, Walter Bailey; husbands: Truman Stevenson, Milton Stevenson and Emmett Juul; daughter, Maxine Larson and grandson, Bryan Larson.

Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Stella‚Äôs arrangements. 

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