Margie E. Stevens

Margie E. Stevens, 83, of Grants Pass, Ore., died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at her caregiver's home in Grants Pass.

A memorial service and committal will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Perl Funeral Home and Siskiyou Memorial Park, with Margie's son, Pastor Denny Stahl, officiating. Perl Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation begins at — p.m. At — p.m. a reception will be held at Calvary Chapel, corner of 7th and G in Grants Pass.

Margie was born June 2, 1925, in St. Helena, Calif., to Clarence and Lida Cooley. Margie attended Adventist academies where she met her first husband, Alfred Stahl. Soon after they were married, Al joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Riley. Their first child, Stanley, was born in Manhattan, Kansas in 1945. The young family moved to Livermore, Calif. in 1947, where their sons, Larry (in 1947), and Denny (in 1950) were born. While in Livermore, in addition to being mother to her three sons, Margie worked at Wente Brothers Winery. Al and Margie were divorced in 1957.

Margie was remarried to John McShea when John was transferred from the headquarters of Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore to the Atomic Test Site in Mercury, Nev. Their only daughter, Margie Lida McShea, was born in 1959, and diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Margie's need for daily care was lovingly and faithfully provided for by her mother. Little Margie died in 1964. The family lived in Las Vegas until John's retirement in 1967, when they moved to Central Point, Ore. John and Margie loved to fish, camp, and play cards with their many friends. Margie was employed by First Interstate Bank, and worked at their branches in Central Point and White City before becoming the chief loan officer at their downtown Medford branch, where she retired after John's death in 1976. Margie married Howard Collins of Williams, Ore. in 1978. They loved ballroom and square dancing and spent many an evening at the Elks Lodge in Grants Pass and Medford. Margie married Homer Stevens of Marysville, California in 1986. They enjoyed family outings and fishing together.

Survivors include three sons, Stan Stahl, of Las Vegas, Nev., Larry Stahl of Phoenix, Ariz., Denny Stahl of Grants Pass, Ore.; three stepsons, John McShea, of Fremont, Calif., Mike Collins, of Central Point, Ore., and David Stevens, of Bremerton, Wash.; seven stepdaughters, Mary Brebs, of San Louis Obispo, Calif., Kathy McShea, Wanda Montgomery of Tiller, Ore., Laurie Stevens, of Medford, Ore., Judy Hawkins, of Fresno, Calif., Shona Trumbley, and Melanie Kelly of Corvallis, Ore., and lots of beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Margie attended Calvary Chapel of Grants Pass.

Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, her parents, a daughter, Margie, her brothers, Chester Cooley of Napa, Calif. and Robert Cooley of Sacramento, Calif., and her constant companion, her little pet dog, Bridget.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.