Mary Ann Stevens
August 18, 1930 – July 23, 2020
Mary Ann Stevens of Cordova, TN, was born in Little Rock, AR, on August 18, 1930. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Nettie Lusk, and her sister, Dorothy Sawatski. Mary Ann graduated from Texas State College for Women with a major in music (organ and piano). She married Frank Stevens, whom she met on a blind date, on February 1, 1953, and they were wed for 67 years until Frank’s passing earlier this year. She is survived by their four children — Mark of Memphis, TN, Cathy (Tom Mills) of Chattanooga, TN, Debra of Phoenix, AZ, and Matt of Burbank, CA — and one grandchild, Austin Mills of Pittsburgh, PA. Mary Ann was active in politics, campaigning for numerous candidates, and worked for 20+ years as a kindergarten teacher at Christ Methodist Day School. She was very involved in her own children’s education and activities, serving as a PTA president, band parents president, and Cub Scouts den mother. And as an artistic spirit, she instilled in them her love of theater, dance, and classic Hollywood movies, especially musicals, and sewed costumes for their many play productions. Mary Ann also enjoyed traveling, planting and caring for flowers, picking peaches, and baking (her biscuits were a delicious favorite, and her famous yeast rolls were featured in the newspaper). A Celebration of Mary Ann’s Life will be scheduled at a later date. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Mary Ann Stevens
August 10, 2020
To Mary Ann's family: your mom was the afternoon office manager in the Early Education Program at Christ Methodist Day School when we meet. She became a good friend and support in my early years as the director. Her wisdom and guidance and commitment to her position was a blessing. I have often thought of her through the years and remembered how sweetly she would talk about her dear Frank. Please accept my sympathy for the lose of both your parents. May God give you peace and comfort during these times.
Sincerely, Marilyn Sheron