Mary Jo Stephens

April 12, 1939November 23, 2018
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Mary Jo Stephens, age 79, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Friday November 23, 2018. Mary was born April 12, 1939 to Genova Dobbs and John Hence Dobbs.

Mary Jo early on in life found her one true love in James and they were married for a long and loving 62 years. Through that time, they raised their ever growing family and to James she was the best wife as she was always loving, happy, outgoing, the best cook ,and took care of business. Mary Jo was known for loving everyone and helping those around her. To the neighborhood children, where she lived most of her life, she was known as "Mamaw" just as they were her own grandchildren. Mary Jo was always available 24 hours a day to anyone in her large or even extended family, with love, honesty, and even a snack. She was a grandmother with a loving heart for all and was an angel on earth. Memorable stories were always told and a welcoming home with Mary Jo in it was always a certainty.

Abraham Lincoln said of his mother “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Her love, compassion, honesty, companionship, and open heart will be missed by all who know her.

Mary Jo is survived by her husband, James Henry Stephens; daughter Patsy (Dave) Wills; daughter Kathy (Steve) Rudolph; and son Jeffery Stephens; brother J B Watson and sister Jewelene Calhoun; granddaughter Tiffany (Guillermo) Carlos, granddaughter Stephanie (Michael) Sudler, grandson Jeffery Stephens, granddaughter Kimberly (Randy) Darrough, granddaughter Brittany Stephens, granddaughter Jessica Stephens, great grandson Kindrick Kinser, great grandson Jordan Sudler, great grandson Isiah Carlos, great granddaughter Makayla Meyer, great grandson Davon Davis, great granddaughter Amiya Carlos, great granddaughter Chloe Darrough, great granddaughter Nataleigh Darrough, great grandson Connor Dame, great grandson Xavier Dame, great granddaughter Desirae Davis and great granddaughter Sierra Sudler.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by; father John Hence Dobbs and mother Genova Dobbs; brother Estle Dobbs; brother Elzie Dobbs; brother Elbert Dobbs; brother Ellard Dobbs; brother Doyle Dobbs; sister Evelyn Wright; sister Velvie Winchester and sister Edith Anderson.

A visitation for Mary Jo will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 1301 Main St, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM, 1301 Main St, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. A burial will occur Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Washington Park East.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary Jo's memory may be made to American Stroke Association , 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604-1242,; and Indy Public Safety Foundation,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Stephens family.


  • John Hence Dobbs, Father
  • Genova Dobbs, Mother
  • Estle Dobbs, Brother
  • Elzie Dobbs, Brother
  • Elbert Dobbs, Brother
  • Ellard Dobbs, Brother
  • Doyle Dobbs, Brother
  • J B Watson, Brother
  • Jewelene Calhoun, Sister
  • Evelyn Wright, Sister
  • Velvie Winchester, Sister
  • Edith Anderson, Sister
  • James Henry Stephens, Husband
  • Patsy (Dave) Wills, Daughter
  • Kathy (Steve) Rudolph, Daughter
  • Jeffery Stephens, Son
  • Tiffany (Guillermo) Carlos, Granddaughter
  • Stephanie (Michael) Sudler, Granddaughter
  • Jeffery Stephens Jr., Grandson
  • Kimberly (Randy) Darrough, Granddaughter
  • Brittany Stephens, Granddaughter
  • Jessica Stephens, Granddaughter
  • Kindrick Kinser, Great Grandson
  • Jordan Sudler, Great Grandson
  • Isiah Carlos, Great Grandson
  • Makayla Meyer, Great Granddaughter
  • Davon Davis, Great Grandson
  • Amiya Carlos, Great Granddaughter
  • Chloe Darrough, Great Granddaughter
  • Nataleigh Darrough, Great Granddaughter
  • Sierra Sudler, Great Granddaughter
  • Connor Dame, Great Grandson
  • Xavier Dame, Great Grandson
  • Desirae Davis, Great Granddaughter


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mary Jo Stephens

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Sandra Pridemore

November 27, 2018

A great woman will be missed tremendously by all. Auntie has been in my life inits entirely. I do not ever remember a day that she and Uncle henry where not around our family. I look up to them as 2nd parents and have been always treated as a daughter. I have so many memories its to hard to even tell them!! I am just so grateful to have been blessed to have you in my life Aunt Maryjo ( Murjo) to me... You go and Rest High on That Mountain your work here on earth is done... Boy you have earned it. R.I.H. Loved and missed.
Sandra, Peanut and family

Sheila Sherfick

November 26, 2018

I have lived next door to Mary Jo and Henry, about 35 years. I watched her raise her grand children as well as my children and so many in/from this neighborhood. I actually feel bad for those that did not have the chance of a friendship with her!
Tears are beginning to fall, so I have to stop!
Love You, Mary Jo
Thanks for all your guidance over all these years!

Lots of Love
And memories,

Tammy Glascock

November 26, 2018

I just want to say that I was bless for the last 6 years to get to know Mary Jo and believe me it was beautiful cause she show me that family is evrything and she excepted my children n I as hers and that was great when you have lost your family.. YOU ARE GOIN TO BE MISSED BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN CAUSE YOU ARE BEEN CARRIED ON!!
Tammy & Chandler & Gabrielle & J.J. & Caleb