Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Joyce "Darlene" Stephens, 71, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011, at Rehabilitation Center of Raymore in Raymore. Mrs. Stephens was born to Gene and Doris (Charles) Antle on June 21, 1940, in Wheaton. On April 9, 1960, she married Gralie Joe Stephens in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2009. She was a member of the Central Christian Center of Joplin.

Survivors include: one son, Danny Stephens, and his wife, Angie, of Freeman; one daughter, Joyce Burke, and her husband, David, of Raymore; one stepson, Jimmy Stephens, of Adrian, one stepdaughter, Nancy Boyd, and her husband, Stan, of Cassville; and eight grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one grandson.

Services will be held at the White Funeral Home, in Cassville on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Yarnall officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will be held at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Center of Joplin for tornado relief and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home.