Flossie Lee Stevens, 93 of Arthur, IL passed away at 8:50 P.M. on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at her residence.
Private funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, August 17, 2020 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main St., Arcola, IL. Rev. John Stewart will officiate. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the funeral home.
Flossie was born on September 7, 1926 in Kentucky. She was a daughter of Lonnie T. and Ola Belle (Deckard) Davis. She married Donald Glen Stevens on June 12, 1943 in Arthur, IL. He passed away on March 2, 2003.
Survivors include two daughters, June Bissonett and her husband Dale of Arthur, IL and Glenda Alexander of Arcola, IL, four grandchildren, Angie Carlberg and her husband Rob of Arthur, IL, Tom Baldwin and his wife Kathy of Florida, Kevin Alexander and his wife Beckie of Humboldt, IL and Kathy Alexander and her husband Roger of Bloomington, IL, six great-grandchildren, Ashley Gossett and her husband Justin, Nick Carlberg and his girlfriend Ann, Brody Carlberg, Thomas Baldwin Jr., Steve Alexander and Shania Alexander, and three great-great-grandchildren, Ayden Gossett, Brooke Alexander and Britain Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Tony Ray Stevens, two sons-in-law, Larry Alexander and Al Graber, four brothers, Mitchell, Jesse, Carl and Cecil Glen Davis, and two sisters, Dorothy Hutchcraft and a stillborn, Shirley Davis.
Flossie was a member of the Vine Street Christian Church in Arthur, IL, but she had recently been attending the Arthur First Baptist Church.
She enjoyed painting pictures and working puzzles.
Flossie’s family moved to Arthur, IL when she was six months old. She was a cheerleader at Arthur High School for one year. She had started working in a restaurant at the age of 15 and got married at the age of 16 to a boy, Donald Stevens, from Humboldt who was 19. They lived happily married for 59 years and three months. They had lived in a one room home in Brocton, and after living there for six months Don was called to war so Flossie moved back to Arthur and worked at Progress Casket Factory until Don came home and they moved back to Brocton.
After having two daughters they moved back to Arthur in 1955 so that Don could work for Progress. A new home was built for them in the Progress addition at the cost of $43 a month. The girls then would ride the bus to and from school. They arrived home one day to find their mom wearing maternity clothing and she had told them a baby was coming. In 1963 they got a boy; Flossie was so proud she gave Don a son. Three years after his birth the doctors told them he only had about 6 months to a year left to live, but God let them have him for three years!
One Sunday at the farm the grandchildren were outside and couldn’t be found. Flossie then found four of them in the chicken house, she went out with a broom, water and rags and helped them clean it so they would have a playhouse.
Memorials may be made to the Arthur First Baptist Church.
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