Theo E. Stephas

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Theo E. Stephas

Services for Theo E. Stephas will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. Rev. Roger Maize will officiate the service.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.

Interment will take place at Silver Lake Cemetery in Ayrshire.

Theo E. (Hildebrand) Stephas, daughter of Charles and Iola (Phillips) Hildebrand, was born April 19, 1918, in Rembrandt, Iowa. She received her education in Rembrandt, graduating in 1936.

On Aug. 8, 1936, Theo was united in marriage to Edwin Stephas in South Sioux City, Neb. To this union five children were born. Theo and Edwin farmed for many years near Ruthven. Theo helped Ed on the farm, as well as caring for her children.

Theo was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. She enjoyed working at church functions and was always active in helping with the chicken dinner and fall festivals. She was a member of Farm Bureau, and Loganette Club and had helped with 4H. Theo also worked at the Clay County Fair booths for many years.

Theo was an avid gardener. She was very artistic in creating beautiful floral arrangements and making corsages. Many brides in the area were blessed with Theo's attractive floral pieces for their weddings. She was Grandmother to not only her own grandchildren but to many, many others in the community. In the mid 1960s, Theo was voted Mother of the Year by the State of Iowa, which was a well deserved honor.

Theo passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the Ruthven Community Care Center at the age of 94.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin; two sons: Dick in infancy and Argyle Stephas; and a brother, Jack Hildebrand.

She is survived by her children: Leo (Judy) Stephas of Ruthven, Roger (Marcia) Stephas of Spencer, and Kieth (Linda) Stephas of Eau Claire, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Karen (Stephas) Olson of Yakima, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Grobe of Portland, Ore.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.