Mary Helen Stephens



Our beloved mother and Grandma Mary passed away on June 7, 2010. Mary Helen Stephens was born on February 9, 1929, in Searcy, Ark., to Hazel and Burl Stringfellow.



Young Mary lived her childhood years in Oklahoma during the depression era of the 1930s. She became a military wife in the 1940s, moving frequently from one base to another while raising her three children.



Mary moved to the Rogue Valley in 1964, then lived in Alaska for many years before returning to the Rogue Valley in 1994. In her later years, she worked part time for the Medford Medical Clinic. After retiring, she worked as a hospital volunteer. Her many talents included oil painting for which she won Oregon New Artist of the Year in the late 1960s for a portrait painting, of a beautiful American Indian woman. She also enjoyed bowling and won numerous trophies for her skill at the sport. She could beat anyone who challenged her at a game of Scrabble regardless of his or her education or profession. However, her true hobby was cooking.



She was a striking beauty in her youth but never believed it, and her true beauty was internal. She lived for her children and grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than spending time with them and cooking her fabulous recipes for their enjoyment.



She also loved the Lord above all. We will always miss her company, her love, and her wonderful humor. Her husband preceded her in death in 1997. Her three children, Bruce Atterberry, Dennis Atterberry, and Barbara Curtis, their spouses, Carol Atterberry and Kenneth Curtis as well as her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive her.



A memorial service will be held on Friday June 25, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Rd., Eagle Point, OR. In memory of and honoring her life, those who wish may make contributions to the Asante Health Foundation in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion.