Mary Stephens 1936-2022

Mary Stephens 1936-2022

Mary Lee Stephens, 86, of Seneca, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at the Oakley Place of Seneca.

Mary Lee Stephens was born on Sept. 29, 1936, in Goff, the daughter of William Ward Sourk and Mary (Capsey) Sourk. She married Norman Lee Stephens in Goff on Aug. 14, 1955. He passed away on April 9, 2011, in Americus. 

Mary was a devoted mother to her children and work outside the house in retail until her retirement. During her life Mary was an active member in the First United Methodist Church, where she was on numerous boards and women’s clubs along with participating in the yearly roundup mission for clothes at the church.

During her time as a member of the Americus Methodist Church she helped found the K-8 back to school supplies drive for the Americus Schools. She also volunteered at Lyon County Extension Office in Emporia. She also was a Cub Scout Den Mother for her sons.

One of Mary’s biggest joys was going to watch her sons’ ballgames as they grew up, which later flowed over to watching her grandchildren play sports.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Douglas Eugene Stephens.

She is survived by her three sons, David Stephens (Carol) of Springdale, Ark., Brian Stephens (Ruth) of Olathe and, Donald Stephens (Pamela) of Onaga; a sister, Virginia Cook of Parsons; and a brother, Edward Sourk (Helen) of Hiawatha. Mary is also survived by five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Cremation is planned. A graveside service will be held at a later date and time at the Fairview Cemetery in Goff. The family has requested any memorial gifts be given to Coins for a Cause of Seneca or the Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice, sent in care of Popkess Memorial Chapel, 814 Castle, Seneca, KS 66538. Online condolences may be left in care of the family at


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