Alice Betty E. Elder Stevenson

January 15, 1927February 11, 2012

Alice Elizabeth Elder Stevenson, 85, of Victoria died Saturday, February 11, 2012, in San Antonio. Betty, as she was known to family and friends, was born January 15, 1927, in Wichita Falls , Texas , to the late Charles Bertram Elder and Loretta Rae Smith Elder. Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Charles B. Elder, Jr. She was a Catholic and an original member of Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Betty graduated from Calhoun High School in 1944 and attended Incarnate Word University in San Antonio. She married the love of her life, Rufus Alfred Stevenson, Jr., M.D., in Port Lavaca in 1945. She was a devoted and loving mother and wife. She was active for many years in the Parent-Teacher organizations of Our Lady of Victory School, Nazareth Academy , and St. Joseph High School , Currer Bell Study Club, and in the VicGoLa Medical Auxiliary. She was truly an exceptional Den Mother, using her special talents and creativity to teach and entertain Cub Scouts. In her later years she volunteered with the Crisis Pregnancy Center , researched and compiled her family genealogy, helped with Smith family reunions, and she was a devoted member of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Associates in Victoria . Betty dedicated her entire adult life to being the best wife and mother she could possibly be. She is survived by those she lived for, her husband, R. A. “Steve” Stevenson, M. D., and children: Charles (Aideen) Stevenson of Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Robert (Susan) Stevenson, M.D., of Kerrville, Mary (Michael) Gallagher of Atlanta, Ga., Ann Trost of San Antonio, John (Marian) Stevenson of Victoria, Kay (Henry) Herndon of Spicewood, Molly Daniels of San Antonio, and Peter (Sandie) Stevenson of Denver, Co., as well as chosen son, Charlie Van Metre of Houston. She also is survived by her seventeen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren: Kelly (Kyle) Flessner and children, Avery and Erin, of Lucas; Robb (Courtney) Stevenson of Austin; Kim (Donald) Nodora and children, Angelina and Kai; of Hayward, Ca.; Brian (Jess) Gallagher of Watertown, Ma.; Amy (Craig) Hough and children, Gabriel, Jonah, and Shane, of Bastrop; Stephen Gallagher of Atlanta, Ga.; Jennifer (Trent) Oswalt and children, Taylor, Mackenzie, and Connor, of Universal City; Joel (Melissa) Trost and children, Rylan and Cason, of Seguin; Lauren (Eric) Engebretson and children, Elizabeth and Emma, of Tomball; Chris (Audra) Stevenson and son, Sage, of Houston; Matt (Morningstar) Stevenson and children, Josephine and Elliott, of Ann Arbor, Mi.; Jacob Stevenson of Austin; Henry Herndon IV, of Spicewood; Randy (Jacy) Daniels and daughter, Adalynn, of Denver, Co.; Callie Daniels of San Antonio; Sara Stevenson of Denver, Co.; and Patrick Stevenson of Denver, Co. She is also survived by her two chosen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Kylie (Dylan) Hrncir and children, Pam, Seth, Toby, and Blaise, of Warsaw, Poland; and Amanda (Jacob) Perkins and children, Caleb and Ashlynn, of Houston. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at Colonial Funeral Home in Victoria. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, with The Most Reverend David E. Fellhauer and Monsignor Michael Harrold officiating. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons: Robb Stevenson, Chris Stevenson, Matt Stevenson, Jacob Stevenson, Joel Trost, Stephen Gallagher, Brian Gallagher, Randy Daniels, Patrick Stevenson, and Henry Clay Herndon IV. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Victory or Nazareth Academy. Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at Arrangements are with Colonial Funeral Home, 361-578-3535


  • Visitation Thursday, February 16, 2012
  • Rosary Thursday, February 16, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 17, 2012

Alice Betty E. Elder Stevenson

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Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, ccvi

February 18, 2012

Dear Dr. Stevenson and entire Stevenson family,

It was an honor and inspiration to have known Betty, a living, true example of "the Word" made present in the world doing good and bringing God's loving kindness to all she met.
I am especially grateful for the kindness she and her beloved husband showed to my mother, Lady Evelyn Riebschlaeger after the sudden loss of her husband and my father, fellow Knight of St. Gregory, Charles J. Riebschlaeger. Surely the Lord recognized in her one whose life reflected her deep Faith, Hope and Love for Him in all she did, and welcomed her to receive the place prepared for her from all eternity "for those who love Him".
May she not only enjoy the Eternal Light and Peace of His welcome, but also help us by her intercession to live in the same Love for the Lord in all we do. May our belief that you will see her again at the "family reunion that will never end" be a comfort to you all in the days ahead.

Richard & Joy Alex

February 18, 2012

Dear John, Marian & boys ~
We offer our deepest condolences to you & your families on your great loss. We are thinking of you!
Richard & Joy Alex & Brandon

jeannine atzenhoffer

February 16, 2012

to all of the stevenson family--my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. she was a great wife and mom & her legacy lives on in the beauty and spirit of her children and grandchildren. may your faith, family and friends help you through this difficult time of saying goodbye.

"Mary" Grace Pantel

February 16, 2012

To Molly and all of the Stevenson family,
Your Mom was a truly beautiful Mother. She created so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish. She was like a Mother to me when I lost my Mom taking me in and making me part of your family. She will be truly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May she rest with the angels.

Jan Pine

February 15, 2012

To Molly Daniels and Family, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Blessings, Jan Pine, Seton Home

Melissa (Millie) Hernandez (Hinojosa)

February 15, 2012

To Ann Trost and all the Stevenson Family - On behalf of myself and my family, we send you our thoughts and prayers...we are very saddened by your loss. I, personally, have such wonderful fond memories of her and her wonderful hospitality extended to me on my many times as a sleep-over guest of Ann's. She always made me feel so welcome and comfortable, like I was a part of her many children. Thank you, Ann, for those great times and for allowing me the opportunity to share in your family was truly awesome. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance during this sorrowful time. You can reach me at (361) 746-1707....Love you :(

Johnny and Therese Bomersbach

February 15, 2012

To the Stevenson Family - We are saddened by the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Please know that your entire family will be remembered in our prayers. God bless all of you!

February 14, 2012

Sending my love and prayers for comfort during this impossible time. Thinking of you by the minute!

Becca and Zeke

Patti (Farquhar) Schobey

February 14, 2012

Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about ya'lls dear Mom. Mrs. Stevenson was always such a sweet woman, and sure did a great job raising 8 kids!! She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. God bless you all.

Jack Farquhar

February 14, 2012

I will always remember Mrs Stevenson, John I'm truely sorry for your loss and Marybeth, Ann, Bobby, Charlie,Kay and Molly, my heart goes out to you all.