Freda Rosie Stephenson
Funeral services for Freda Rosie Stephenson, 91, former Washita County resident, were scheduled for 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, officiated by Rev. Harold Goldmann.
Mrs. Stephenson died Monday, July 28, 2014, in the Grace Living Center in Clinton. She was born Sept. 30, 1922 in Roosevelt, the daughter of Gottlieb G. Neugebauer and Magdalena (Ratke) Neugebauer.
She came to Washita County with her parents when she was three days old. They settled southwest of Clinton, and she attended the Guy Country School.
Mrs. Stephenson stayed home and helped the family with the younger children. She married Mr. Alvin C. Stephenson on Feb. 7, 1944 in Clinton. They made their home on the farm until his death in 1980. She was a farmer’s wife and did her own farming for over 27 years as well as working at the OK Turkey Plant, Clinton Laundry and for Dr. Paul Lingenfelter. She moved into Clinton in 1998.
She was a member of the Bessie Baptist Mission Church and had served as Sunday school teacher for more than 40 years.
Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; two brothers, Elmer and Alfred Neugebauer; and a sister, Dorothy Fawver.
Survivors include daughters, Betty J. Connell and her husband, Dennis, of Belton, Texas, and Wanda Hooks and her husband, Doug, of Amarillo, Texas; a son, Ron Stephenson and Betty Rhea Thompson, of Clinton; three sisters, Lydia Lane, of Seminole, Ottilie Wright, of Belton, Texas, and Ann Corley and her husband, Albert, of Anadarko; three grandchildren, Dustin Connell, of Belton, Texas, Derek Connell, of Waco, Texas, and Gary Stephenson, of Mountain View; and three great-grandchildren, Mistie, Kristi and Dylan.
Burial will follow in the Union Hatchett Cemetery, north of Bessie.