Mary Stevens 1937-2021

Mary Stevens 1937-2021

Mary Frances Stevens, 84, of Valley Falls, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka after a short battle with cancer.

She was born July 20, 1937, in Topeka, the daughter of Pete and Mae (Coleman) Zeller.

Mary graduated from rural Denison High School in 1955. She was a homemaker and the “Manager Of The Family.” She was a dedicated and loving grandmother and great-grandmother. She was very proud of not missing functions that her family participated in.

She was a member of Valley Falls United Methodist Church, a 15-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a 40-year member of Jefferson County Extension. She was a lifelong member of Jefferson County 4-H, earning a State Home Economics Project Winner award and serving as horticulture superintendent for 4-H exhibits at the annual 4-H Fair, developing skills for gardening and foods. Mary was a “Room Mom” for Valley Falls Elementary School.

Mary married Earl Dean Stevens on Sept. 30, 1962, in Denison. They celebrated more than 59 years of marriage.

Survivors include her loving husband, Earl Stevens, of the home; daughter, Susan Correll (Bill) of Valley Falls; daughter-in-law, Mindy Stevens of Valley Falls; brother, Fred Zeller (Lois) of Holton; six grandchildren, Jacob Correll (Sam), Chelsey Davis (Stephen), Josh Stevens (Courtney), Morgan Stevens (Elijah), Jared Stevens (Lacey) and Brooklyn Correll; and seven great-grandchildren, Greysen, Oakleigh, MacKenzie, Gabe, Shea, Quinton and Emmett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mae Zeller; and her son, James Dean Stevens, on May 19, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial will follow in Valley Falls Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to Jefferson County 4-H, Valley Falls United Methodist Church or Valley Falls FFA, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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