OBITUARY

Inez B. Stevens

December 11, 1931April 27, 2021
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Inez Bryant Stevens of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021. She leaves behind her two sons, John and Mike and Daughter in law of 40 years, Marilyn; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, J.B. Stevens, Jr. and her sister, Nadine.

Inez lived in the Audubon/Winter Park area of Wilmington in the same house where she raised her children for approximately 63 years. She was passionate in her love of plants and animals as showcased in her beloved acre in the middle of the city and in her work and ownership of The Nature of Things pet shop/kennel/grooming establishment. She grafted award winning plants that were displayed every year in the Cape Fear Flower Show. She raised exotic birds, reptiles, potbellied pigs, dogs, cats and monkeys to name just a few. One of the monkeys her grandchildren affectionately referred to as Uncle Monkey! She grew coral reefs and maintained an enormous amount of both fresh and saltwater fish. One of her most prized achievements was breeding and showing German Shepherds, of note was her dog Brett who was awarded an AKC National Grand Championship.

She learned to cook at an early age as she was raised in a single parent home and would stand on an old wooden drink-crate to cook for her and her sister. Everyone she knew had their own favorite dish which she would gladly prepare for them. Every day she would prepare a delicious meal from scratch for her family that would be placed on the table when JB’s car pulled in the driveway, no meal was complete without a made from scratch dessert. All the neighborhood children would gather on the Stevens’ back stoop to wait until dinner was over, then she would break out the dessert and ensure each child received a portion. Thanksgiving and Christmas were always quite the feast at the Stevens’ house.

Inez beat cancer seven times in her life and was one of the strongest individuals we have ever encountered. Many times her physicians counted her out for her to bounce back stronger than ever. She was a real talker who would strike up a conversation with anyone. This proved to be a big challenge in her life when cancer forced her to undergo a laryngectomy in 2012, she never verbally spoke again but that did not stop her from communicating. She turned all of us into expert lip readers and did not take kindly to us missing the point! She was also the most astute I phone 89-year-old texter you will ever meet. She was loved and will be missed by all that had the opportunity to engage her.

A visitation will be held at noon on May 7, 2021 at Coble Funeral & Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1155 Shipyard Blvd. The Funeral Mass will immediately follow at 1PM in the chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in Inez's name to a local animal shelter.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Karrie Morgan

May 6, 2021

She was the most wonderful Lady I ever knew. So knowledgeable about animals because she loved them and cared for them so much. She also cared for everyone she ever knew. I am so blessed to have known her and worked for her at Nature of Things.
She will be sadly missed by all.
My prayers are with you John, Mike and Marilyn.

Vicky Britt

April 30, 2021

The saying "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" did not originate with my Aunt Inez, but it certainly could have. She fought back from several severe health issues and kept going when many would have given up. There are so many memories, my favorites are of when Johnny, Mikey, my siblings and I would gather in their beautiful yard and play together, while she watched us like a hawk (while preparing delicious food for us). She was a force of nature, I love her dearly, and am picturing her, reunited with my mother (her sister) in heaven. We have another angel watching over us. Rest in blessed peace, you deserve it more than anyone I know.

AnneMarie Hartman

April 28, 2021

John,Mike,and the whole family
I know how hard this is but you know your mom is finally at PEACE. Something she has not experienced in quite some time.
I will miss my friend dearly, she
and I had a special bond and I will cherish all her wisdom shared over our 20 plus years as friends.Rest in peace, my friend. Much love, Anne Marie,Gabby and Abby.

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