Florence Arlene Steven, 79

Published 5:29pm Sunday, December 23, 2012

Born: May 10, 1933

Died: December 19, 2012

Florence Arlene Steven, 79, of Niles, passed away at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.

Florence was born on  May 10, 1933, to the late Arthur Glen Waggoner and Beatrice Mae (Hullinger) LaVigne in South Bend, Ind.

Florence graduated from Washington High School in South Bend in 1951 and, soon after, wed the love of her life, Donald Steven, on Sept. 2, 1952. A short time later, Florence and Don started their family and had three children. Florence was a longtime member and parishioner of Sumnerville Bible Baptist Church.

Florence is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Waggoner and Beatrice LaVigne, a brother, Walter Waggoner, and a sister, Mary Cavinder.

She is survived by her husband, 60 years, Don; her children Mark (Catherine) Steven, of Niles, Donna Radford of Juanita Springs, Fla., and Terry Steven, of Niles; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorena (Hector) Espinoza, of South Bend, Ind.

A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral services will follow on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Pastor George Matthews and Pastor Daniel Greegor officiating.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Florence’s name may do so to Sumnerville Bible Baptist Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF).

Condolences for Florence’s family may be left on our website at  www.BrownFuneral-HomeNiles.com or on our Facebook page at  www.Facebook.com/BrownFuneralHomeNiles.

. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.

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