Eula Stevenson

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Eula Blair Stevenson died July 4, 2005. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Ralph Michael Stevenson. She was the second daughter of three, born June 27, 1905, to Clare Lyons Blair and Rylie Blair of Sparta, Illinois. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Her sister, Evangeline, preceded her in death; her surviving sister, Fern Blair, resides in Sparta, Illinois. Since moving to Cape Girardeau in 1937 to help her husband begin his medical practice, she became active in the community. She was a past president of River Hills Garden Club, and remained an avid gardener until her declining health in 2003. Her garden club was a participant in the conception of the Capaha Park Rose Garden.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau; Tri Psi; PEO Chapter EY; DAR; Quest Club; and the Double-Foursome Bridge Club.

She is survived by a sister, Fern Blair; three children: E. Joann Stevenson of St. Louis, Karen S. Visnaw and David A. Visnaw of Pelham, Ga., and R. Michael Stevenson and Debra Stevenson of Boise, Idaho; two sisters-in-law, Blanche Stevenson-Schaufler of Belleville, Ill., and Bryche Stevenson of Jackson.

Mrs. Stevenson was the loving grandmother to Kimberly Rene Richardson, Alison Blair Harrison, and Steven Austin Visnaw. She leaves 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. today, with the Rev. Paul Kabo officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be David Visnaw, Dr. Randall Stahly, Peter Maher, Dr. Steven Visnaw, Dr. Kurt Harrison and Lory Stahly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, Arthritis Foundation, or charity of choice.

Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.