Joan Kathleen Stephenson |

Joan Kathleen Stephenson

Craig resident Joan Kathleen Stephenson died Oct. 5, 2003, at her home. She was 55.

Stephenson was born Feb. 29, 1948, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Bernard V. and Martha Catherine (Wilson) Stephenson.

Stephenson was raised and attended school in Meeker, graduating from Meeker High School in 1966. She married Joe Brown on Dec. 1, 1967, in Meeker, and to this union a daughter, Jill, was born. Stephenson worked as a secretary to the principal at the Meeker Elementary School and also in a realty office. She and her husband were later divorced. She married Gary Schafer in 1984 in Las Vegas and to this union a daughter, Kate, was born while living in Boyer, Colo. They were divorced and she moved to Craig and worked for Moffat County Abstract and then opened her own day care center so that she would have more time with her girls. Stephenson moved back to Meeker in 1995 and was married for a short time to Brian Conrado. She returned to Craig four years later and had lived here since that time. She was working for Northwest Title Company at the time of her death. Stephenson sold Mary Kay cosmetics and enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing the saxophone and organ, animals, walking with her dogs, biking, going to the cabin on the White River, tinkering in her yard and garden, and she loved spending time with her girls and her family. She was a very caring person, always willing to help and listen to others.

Stephenson was survived by her daughters Jill Brown, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kate Schafer, of Boulder; sister, Jean (Larry) Talkington, of Craig; brother, John (Vicki) Stephenson, of Phoenix; and nieces and nephews Leah Talkington, Lindsie and Mike Harris, and their children Kaedyn Avery, Ty and Ky, Brent and Laurie Stephenson and their son, JT, Mark Stephenson, Mont Stephenson, and his children Summer and Luke.

Rosary was held Oct. 9, 2003, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 10, 2003, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with celebrant Father Ernest Bayer.

The pianist was Gail Petch and the soloist was Joyce Miller. Selections were “I’ll Be,” “Ave Maria,” “On Eagles Wings,” and “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”

Honorary pallbearers were all Joan’s family and her many friends.

Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Meeker.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund in memory of Joan in care of First National Bank of the Rockies, Box 600, Meeker, CO 81641.

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