A memorial mass will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Central Point, Ore., for Amelia Stevens, who died Aug. 21, 2008, following a stroke. She was 83. A luncheon will follow the service at — p.m. in the church hall.
Amelia was born in Big Springs, Calif. Feb. 19, 1925, to Fedele Arami and Caterina Fasoletti Arami. She attended grade school in a two-room schoolhouse in Big Springs and graduated from Yreka High School in 1943. She eloped with her high school sweetheart, Gerald Cook. She worked at Fort Mason in San Francisco during World War II as a government clerk while Gerald served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. After the war they started a family and she was active in the 4-H Club as a sewing teacher and was a den mother while her son attended St. Mary's School. She later worked at Oregon Cutstock and Moulding for 16 years. During this time she met her second husband, James Stevens. She lived in the Medford and Central Point area for more than 50 years. In retirement she volunteered at Central Point Elementary in the SMART program and worked in the pantry and kitchen at Saint Vincent de Paul from 1997 until her illness in July 2008.
She is survived by two children, a daughter, Sandra Cook Nelson, of Eugene, and a son, Michael Cook, and his wife, Mary, of Portland. She has two grandchildren, Tonya Hammatt, of Billings, Montana, and a beloved grandson, Benjamin Cook, of Portland, who was very special to his Noni. She is also survived by a great grandson, Jake Hammat, of Montana. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gerald Cook and James Stevens, and her brother, Felix Arami.
At Mother's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Beacon of Hope, Saint Vincent de Paul in Medford, Ore.