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LITTLE ROCK — Mary K. Stephens, 79, died October 27, 2019, in North Little Rock. She was born November 4, 1939 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Jack and Elva Reynolds. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Joe Reynolds. She is survived by her loving family, which includes her devoted husband of 61 years, Bobby Stephens, her sister, Pat Partridge and husband, Les of Plano, Texas, daughters, Dana Parker-Gilbert and husband, John of North Little Rock, Suzie Thames and husband, Glenn of Tyler, Texas, and Renee Cotton of North Little Rock, grandchildren, Tyler Parker, Jeremy Thames and wife, Ariel, Parker Thames, Dawson Thames, Jacob Wilson, and Chandler Wilson; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
She was buried at Seminary Cemetery in Weakley County, Tennessee
Mary was a true angel on this earth. She will be remembered by her generosity, beautiful smile (those dimples!), her sweet angelic voice and, her beautiful bright eyes! She was absolutely the most devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and sister who loved her family unconditionally and put others before herself. She was an amazing cook who loved nothing more than feeding her family and friends, who would regularly gather at her home to enjoy the wonderful food, fellowship and laughter that Grandmommy always provided. To know Mary was to love her! And, you were always welcome in her home!
She graduated from Little Rock Central in 1957, married Bobby in 1958 and held several jobs over the years, including cashier at Merrill Lynch in Little Rock for over 20 years. But, above all, Mary loved her family and made a full time job after retirement keeping up with all of her little chicks! She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi and loved attending functions and visiting with her sorority sisters.
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you… For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you took care of me…” Matthew 25:34-36 Grandmommy, enjoy His kingdom. If anyone deserves it, it is you!
The family thanks Dr. Omer Khalil at Carti who took the absolute best care of her the last three years. He gave peace and comfort in the midst of her struggles not only to Mary, but to her family and for this we are forever grateful.
Visitation was Wednesday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, with funeral services on Thursday, October 31 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The graveside service was Saturday, November 2 at 11 a.m. at Seminary Cemetery in Weakley County, Tennessee. Flowers, condolences and memories may be sent to the family at Little Rock Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 and Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home, 1740 Cedar Street, McKenzie, Tenn. 38201. Mary’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com. -paid