Monnie "Christella" Ford Stevens was peacefully called home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 25 2012, at her home in Torrance CA. She was with her loving husband John Leslie Stevens of 70 years, her son Lance Stevens and daughter-in-law Jeanine Stevens at the time. She was a loving wife, mother, grand-mother aand great grand-mother. Christella is survived by husband John Leslie Stevens, her three children, Judy Lynn Hudson of Texas Cathy Ann Sivoli of Torrance and Lance Stevens of Riverside Ca, seven grand children and four great grand-children. Christella was born Monnie Christella Ford to Barney Ford and Grace Baxter Ford on April 11, 1922 in Cave City Arkansas, The middle of three siblings, she is preceded in death by an older sister, Delvenia McKinley and is survived by her younger sister Leota Mae Hooten. She met John Leslie "Les" Stevens, her life long partner, at a baseball game in Cash Arkansas. Les was with his best friend Rufus McDaniel, and Christella was with her best friend Imogene, They were wed on May 24th 1942, in a joint ceremony along with Rufus and Imogene McDaniel. Christella and Les' lives together consisted of many adventures, Leslie inlisted and served honorably in the US Navy during WWII where their lives took them to Pensacola FL, Portsmith VA, San Diego and San Fransisco CA. When Les went overseas, Christella returned home to Arkansas and made a living as an educator while attending Harding College. She later recieved her Bachelors Degree from Washington University in St Louis Missouri. In 1956 Christella and Leslie moved to California, where she attended the University of Southern California and recieved her Masters Degree. She retired in 1983 from Torrance Unified School District with 28 years of service after being an educator for 40 years. Christella and Les loved to travel and the family spent summers visiting each contiguous US state, Canada and Mexico, Later she and Les visited Hawaii. Christella loved to sew, knit and crochet and many of the caps she knitted she gave away or donated to missionaries, childrens groups and cancer patients. It made her happy to know that her caps were being worn around the world. She was also an excellent southern cook and famous (at least in the Stevens household) for her fried chicken, corn bread dressing and coconut cream pie. Christella was a life long member of the Church of Christ, and most recently attended the Redondo Beach Church of Christ.

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  1. We little knew that morning God was to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone. For part of us went with you The day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again. God Bless you my mother in-law until we meet again

  2. My parents were from Arkansas and my dad went to Harding a few years before Christella, and served in the Navy during WWII, like Leslie. They were both members of the Church of Christ. I feel like we’re related! Christella will be very much missed.

  3. Special memories were made when we stopped by to sing Christmas carols this past December. We saw the twinkle in your moms eyes as Emily found the candy dish. Look to the Lord for courage and strength to face the days ahead and may you find in memories the love which remains having been touched by her presence. Our love, The Wagner’s

  4. We were so sorry to hear the sad news! I still have one of the hats Christella made and will always cherish it. We write you with heartfelt condolences at this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Our prayers are with you. May God comfort you as only he can at the loss of someone so special. Sincerely

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