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Brantley Funeral Home

6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS

OBITUARY

Linda Cero Stevens

April 19, 1949August 23, 2020
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Linda Cero Stevens entered into the presence of the Lord on August 23, 2020. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm to 2:00pm with a service to follow at 2:00pm at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, with Brother Kyle Rhea officiating. Mrs. Stevens was born to Richard and Jane Cero in Hartford, Connecticut on April 19, 1949. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Stuart L. Stevens, two sons, Andrew M. Stevens (Kara), Adam P. Stevens (Latham), three grandchildren, Noah, Kathlynne, and Jill, and one sister, Robin Mysliwiec (Stephen). She was preceded in death by her parents and twin brother, Marc A. Cero. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, and Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York, she served on staff as secretary at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and later, on air at the Christian Radio Station, and as a receptionist. After moving to Mississippi, she devotedly homeschooled both of her sons for most of their K-12 education. Blind since infancy, Linda was gifted in both voice and piano. She was quiet, yet had a remarkable personality "presence" wherever she went. More observant and perceptive than most, she was skilled in recalling details sighted people tend to overlook. All her life, she sought after knowledge which she humbly received. In concert with her love for reading her braille Bible, she developed strong Christian character and advanced in spiritual growth. Bible comprehension enabled her to discern and separate false from true, giving her a reputation as a "woman of truth". She faithfully imparted wisdom and practical insights to those around her, never betraying a confidence. She possessed an adventurous spirit, always open to experiencing new things. Laughter and thankfulness were part of her nature, never complaining about her many trials, but seeking to discover in the midst of hardship, how she might bring glory to God. By facing life's challenges with courage, she was apparently unaware of her strong influence upon others for good. Her faithfulness to Jesus Christ gave clear testimony that God ordered every detail in the life of His child Linda, whether through joy, or by sorrow and suffering, she replenished daily by His revealing grace.

  • FAMILY

  • Stuart L. Stevens, Husband of 39 years
  • Andrew M. Stevens (Kara), Son
  • Adam P. Stevens (Latham), Son
  • Noah, Grandchild
  • Kathlynne, Grandchild
  • Jill, Grandchild
  • Robin Mysliwiec (Stephen), Sister
  • Richard and Jane Cero, Parents (deceased)
  • Marc A. Cero, Twin Brother (deceased)

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Shirley Canaday

September 14, 2020

I have wonderful memories of working alongside Linda in the executive offices at BJU. She was a delight and a joy to know. She encouraged others around her, and her skills were impeccable. Many times we enjoyed so much laughter in the midst of pressured schedules and deadlines. What a joy it is to know that she now has perfect and clear sight of the Saviour!

Janet Gillette

September 3, 2020

I've known Linda for over 60 years. Our parents were friends so our family's did lot together. Linda sang and played the piano beautifully. I remember being amazed at all she could do when we were kids and even as adults. I loved taking her for rides on their tandem bike. She was usually the instigator on "short sheeting" our parents beds. She and Robin came to visit about 3 years ago and she wanted to drive our golf cart which she did with me sitting next to her. She put up a strong fit over the last several years with the cancers she had. I will miss Linda and our phone calls.

Donna Lewis

September 2, 2020

Linda was a true inspiration.I just picture her in Heaven singing God's praises

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