Virginia Dare Stephens, a 61 year resident of the Lawndale/ Hawthorne area, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Born in Douglas, Arizona, October 9, 1924. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alta Kennedy. She was the second of five children. Virginia was raised in the Bisbee and Willcox, Arizona area, graduating from Willcox High in 1943. She then worked as a "Harvey Girl" at the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon. She later moved to Long Beach CA where she became a US mail carrier during the war. In 1946 she married Sam Stephens who passed away in 1977. Virginia was a Sunday School teacher and choir member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Lawndale. The "House of Yahweh" is where Virginia spent many wonderful years serving the needy. Virginia was later a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gardena. Virginia is survived by her brother James of Washington, her two sons: John Stephens of Scottsdale, AZ and Chester Stephens of Compton, CA. She has five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm. with a reception following in the Hall until 4:00 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the House of Yahweh.

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  1. You were very special to me as a Mother-in-Law,then as a very special friend. I will miss you and thank you for all the many kind things you have done for so many. I know the Lord has a special spot for you in Heaven. Love Patti

  2. I will surely miss our phone conversations. They would always lift me up, no matter how bad I was feeling. I always knew that I as in your prayers, as you were in mine. Our loss is Heavens gain.

  3. We rejoice for Virginia, and we send our heartfelt condolences for the Stephens family. I will always remember the warmth in her smile and the kindness in her eyes. She will truly be missed. God Bless you all.

  4. I am so glad I got to know you, I knew before i met you, that you were a very special person as my husband (your grandson) shared so many wonderful memories he had of you and talked of you so highly. You will forevor be in our hearts. love you

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