MATTOON — Flora Berniece “Mickey” Stephens, 92, of Mattoon, went to meet her Lord and Savior at 2:06 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Mattoon Health Care surrounded by her family.
The location of the funeral services honoring her life have been changed to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 3, 2013 at New Mercy Worship Center, 301 Richmond Avenue East, Mattoon, IL 61938 with Rev. Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on April, 3 2013. Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Flora was born October 12, 1920 in Wayne County, MO, the daughter of Rev. Frank and Cora E. (Barnes) Hardesty. She married William E. Stephens in Bloomfield, MO on March 16, 1935. She was a member of the Trinity Pentecostal Church, 20th and Moultrie, Mattoon, IL when Rev. William Stephens was pastor there for 27 years before his death, June 16, 1987. More recently she attended New Mercy Worship Center, Mattoon, IL.
Flora leaves three daughters, Wilma Louise Cartright (Arlie) of Paris, IL, Bonnie Berniece Beals (Wilbert) of Lerna, IL and Patty Darlene Dixon (Michael) of Grand Rivers, KY; one son, Rev. Edward Joe Stephens (Marynelle) of Mattoon, IL; one son-in-law, Rev. Charles L. Stodden of Trilla, IL; nineteen grandchildren; one step grandchild; thirty-five great grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; two step great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Hardesty of Charleston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Connie Linn Stodden; grandchildren, Paul Cartright and Janice (Carl) Wallace; three great grandchildren, CD, Carlita and Stephanie Wallace; five brothers, Aden Hardesty, Ira Hardesty, Asier Hardesty, Alfred Hardesty, Daniel Hardesty; and one sister Minnie Barks.
Flora was a lifetime homemaker. She enjoyed visits from her children and their families. Flora loved to cook, crochet and sew baby quilts. Mickey’s life was dedicated to her faith in God. She was known by her family as the “prayer warrior.”
Memorial donations in her honor can be made to New Mercy Worship Center or Lincolnland Hospice.