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Mrs. Shirley K. Stephenson
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ
    700 E. 9th Street
    Lockport, IL 60441

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“You are in our thoughts and prayers.Sincere sympathiesRose De Angelis Boyer, Class of 59 ”
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“Shirley was a beautiful, kind, and thoughtful person who frequently did things to bring people together. Besides being sorry I will never see her...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jo Entwisle - Grinnell, IA

“The world has lost a beautiful soul. Heaven has gained a precious angel. Shirley was a light to all who had the privilege of meeting her. So sorry...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Diane & Ed Koper - New Albany, IN

“Shirley and Jim are a legacy in Lockport. Shirley is known for her friendship, whether for the first time or for a long time, always up , ready to...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Phyllis and Reno Caneva - IL

“Shirley was such a lovely lady. I have many fond memories of her from church activities. Mark and I agree that the most fun we ever had in bell...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Pepelea - Dodgeville, WI

“Shirley was always kind and thoughtful. We, the LTHS class of 59', will miss her sweet smile. Stephenson family you are in out thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: John (Jack) Diaz - Blountville, TN

“ Shirley always has, and always will be, the epitome of grace, kindness, intelligence, love, humor, selflessness, and so much more. My sincere...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Rungaitis Doubet - Waukegan, IL

“Shirley was a blessing in my life. Always smiling, always concerned about others and never focusing on her own pain. Always willing to give you a hug...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Christina Grinius - Lemont, IL

“Remembering Shirley's lovely smile and genuine, gentle manner. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Dottie and Will Olson - Somonauk, IL

“Shirley was a lovely woman, inside and out. Quietly and unassumingly she readily shared her efforts and talents with others. Her constant...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Cathy Rezabek - Winter Haven, FL

“Wow, this little space is not big enough for me to share all the memories I have with Shirley and Jim. When I moved here with my family in early...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Fronek - Lockport, IL

“Shirley was a lovely woman, and you have my sincere sympathy. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Marilyn O'Rourke - Mokena, IL


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Shirley K. Stephenson nee Smith
Age 74, of Lockport, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of James Stephenson Jr.; loving mother of Michael (Ana Ortega) Stephenson, Patricia (Dominic) Chan, and James III (Sally) Stephenson; cherished grandmother of Elliott Chan, Deanna Stephenson, Madelyn Stephenson, Emmett Chan, Katherine Stephenson, Wesley Stephenson, and Esmé Chan; dear sister of Sandra Renner, Corliss (Dennis) Kajmowicz, and Camilla (Douglas) Ingram. She was preceded in death by her parents Walton Alexander Smith and Elsie Elliott Smith.

Shirley graduated with her Bacholor of Arts Degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was the Director of Finance for the first ten years of KineticSystems Corporation; a long-time member of Chapter EB of the P.E.O. Sisterhood; past Moderator of the Lockport United Church of Christ; the founding director of the Lockport UCC bell choir; a member of the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale; a Stephen Ministry Leader; a Crisis Line operator; and a Silver Cross Encore Shop volunteer. For the past 6 years---until 4 weeks ago---she delivered Meals on Wheels in Lockport.

A friend writes, "Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss of your sweet wonderful Shirley. She was truly one of God's gifts to the world. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. We were so glad she was in our lives and we had the privilege of calling her our friend. We will miss her so much."

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who will be deeply missed and never forgotten. The family will receive friends at Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, IL 60441 on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5-9 PM. Memorial Visitation Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM until time of Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 700 E. 9th St., Lockport, IL 60441. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Church would be appreciated.