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Phyllis Stevens

Phyllis Ellen

(Crawford) Stevens

Phyllis Ellen (Crawford) Stevens, a.k.a. "Sebe", 82, passed away on August 11, 2010. She was born to Wilda and Irving Crawford at the Klamath Indian Agency near Chiloquin, Ore., on February 8, 1928.

She spent her early childhood years on the Crawford family ranch on the Williamson River, eventually attending high school at St. Mary's Academy in Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1946. She went on to attend Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Ore., graduating as a registered nurse in 1949. With a nurturing and capable nature, she was well suited for nursing, a profession which she loved.

Phyllis moved to the Rogue Valley and became the night nurse supervisor at Rogue Valley Hospital, where she met her future husband, Steve (Wilber) Stevens. They were married November 19, 1962 and remained married until Steve's death in 2008. After marriage, she left nursing to become a fulltime homemaker. In addition to cultivating gorgeous roses, raising kittens, being a skilled seamstress, expert baker, and an avid reader, Phyllis had amazing talent for art, painting portraits, writing poetry and playing the piano.

Phyllis is survived by a sister, Shirlee Warren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was a pillar of inspiration and strength for her family and friends, always willing to help without hesitation. She will be remembered for her quick wit, great sense of humor, openmindedness and warm heart.

At Phyllis' request, no memorial service will be held. Donations can be made to the American Stroke Foundation, or the C.A.T.S. organization.