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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Johnnye F. Stephens

January 16, 1931March 16, 2020
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Surrounded by her family, Johnnye Faye Stephens, 89, went to the Lord March 16, 2020 in Oklahoma City. She was born in Fryeburg, LA, the last of fifteen children to Sidney and Rose Etta Ryan. Johnnye graduated from Ringgold High School, Ringgold, LA, later moving to Oklahoma City where she met and married Richard W. Stephens, who proceeded her in death in 2014. Johnnye worked for SOHIO Petroleum Company in Oklahoma City for almost thirty years as a Receptionist and Administrative Clerk. Following retirement Johnnye operated her own catering business for twenty five years. She was a Worthy Matron in the Masonic Order of Eastern Star and was called “Mom Johnnye” as Mother Advisor of Rainbow for Girls Assembly. Survived by her sister Mattie Ford (age 91) of Minden, LA, daughter Barbara Holden and son-in-law Terry, grandchildren Gray Holden and wife Tiffany, Tiffany and husband Shane Johnston, and great-grand children Braxton, Graycen, Emerson, Caleb and Payton. Daughter Rose Chambers and son-in-law Mark, grandchildren Jessica and Ryann, and great-grand children Emma Rose, Ryder, Malachi and Adonis. Son Garry Stephens and daughter-in-law Kim, grandchildren Sumer and husband Jeffrey Melton, Lane, Shelby, and great-grand children Taylor, Aubrey and Samuel.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 22, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 23, 2020

Memories

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Barbara Holden

March 20, 2020

Thanks a million times for being my Mom!
I feel so very blessed to have had you to love me, guide me, worry about me and pray for me for 70 years. I will spend the remaining days of my life trying to continue your legacy of devotion and love to our family and friends. You have huge stilettos 👠 to fill...but I will try. I love you “berry, berry” much.

Mattie Ryan Ford

March 20, 2020

Johnnye and I shared many fun times and being so close in age kept us close .
Why, when we were both in our small little school I thought she was part of my
body! You see, nothing scared me and she was easily scared so she was like my
shadow .We both survived and loved each other.
To my sweet sister - safe passage to your Heavenly Home and Rest in Peace !

Your Sister Mattie

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