Meredith Grace Stevens


Meredith Grace Stevens, 91, of Columbus, passed away peacefully at 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Logan Acres Care Center. The previous evening family and friends enjoyed a wonderful time, pizza and many remembrances of her life with her when she arrived at the care center.

She was born in Van Wert on Feb. 23, 1923, a daughter of the late Francis and Lenore Horn Jenkins.

She was united in marriage to Ernest Stevens of Columbus in the fall of 1958 and he preceded her in death in July 1989. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Norman F. Jenkins and Herthel C. Jenkins, and a niece, Carol Dawn Moore.

Meredith is survived by her sister, Louise (Audleigh) Purdin of Bellefontaine; nephews, Jeffrey (Janet) Purdin of West Liberty, Charles “Chuck” (Ritsuko) Jenkins of West Mansfield and Warren Jenkins of Australia; nieces, Sheryl (Philip) Godwin of Bellefontaine, Sandra Jordan of Kenton and Joyce (Mike) Barthauer of DeGraff; seven great-nephews; six great-nieces; 20 great-great-nephews and nieces; and a good friend, Maxine Newland of Bellefontaine. Because they spent time at her home, she was especially close to great-nephews, John (Cheryl) Godwin of Huntsville and Tyler (Julie) Godwin of Avondale, Ariz. She also left behind friends and neighbors, Fred “Sonny” and Donny Laytart, James and Betty Quinn, Catherine Cherryholm; and a special niece Marilyn (Bill) Hoffman, all of Columbus.

A 1941 graduate of Middle Point High School, she attended the Beauty Academy of Columbus and was a beautician until her retirement. She was also the main caregiver for her husband, Ernie who had MS.

She loved animals and enjoyed having “Larry” the bird and “Sammy” the cat as pets. The Reds, OSU football and basketball, the Browns, the Bengals, and golf were her interests as well as her family.

She was a member of the Middle Point Presbyterian Church and when visiting with family in the area, she attended the Church of the Brethren and the First Church of God.

Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, followed by a graveside service officiated by Pastor A.W. Purdin in Huntsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, 700 S. Main St., Bellefontaine OH 43311, or to the charities of the donors’ choices.

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