Wanda Stevens, 81

Published 10:51pm Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wanda Stevens, 81
Born: March 17, 1931
Died: May 22, 2012


Wanda M. Stevens, 81, of Niles, passed away at Memorial Hospital in South Bend on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, with her family by her side.

Wanda was born to the late Glennie and Lettie (Gobble) Pointer on March 17, 1931, in Parma, Mo., and at age 10 her family moved to Niles.

Wanda graduated from Niles High School in 1950 and attended Vogue Beauty College in South Bend. She worked at Clark Equipment Co. before meeting Carl F. Stevens at Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac. After a very short courtship they exchanged vows on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952, and were married for more than 60 years. She returned to work at Brandywine Community Schools’ office until her and Carl’s retirement.

Wanda was an extremely devoted mother and wife. Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her family. She will be fondly remembered for her servant’s heart, her lyrical loving greeting of “hello,” followed by an immediate offering of a good cup of coffee and the ever-present reminder of how much she loved you. Many of her summers were spent out on their boat on Lake Michigan then at their cottage on Indian Lake.

Preceding Wanda in death are her parents and three brothers; Denver Pointer, Gaines Pointer, and Dorsey Pointer.

She is survived by her husband, Carl, and her three sons, Randy (Ginny) Stevens of Niles, Danny (Shirley) Stevens of Niles and Jeffrey (Pam) Stevens of Elkhart. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Aaron Holloway, Heather (Derek) Weatherholt, Mallory Stevens, Adam Stevens, Jennifer Stevens, Madison and Cullen Fisher; as well as two great-grandchildren, Jayln and Palmer Weatherholt; a sister, Patricia Stover Skarbeck of Niles; and many nieces and nephews.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Wanda’s name may do so to the Berrien County Cancer Services, 7301 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127 or to the Brandywine Community Schools Improvement Foundation at 1830 S. Third St., Niles, MI 49120.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home with funeral service officiated by David Stevens, Friday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Photos, memories, or condolences may be left for the family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com or www.Facebook.com/BrownFuneralHomeNiles.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.

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