Avon E. Stephens

Avon E. Stephens, 86, of Bluffton, IN, and a native of Huntington County, IN, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

Mrs. Stephens graduated from Union High School, Huntington County, and worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for several years. She and her husband farmed in the Markle area. She was a member of the Markle United Methodist Church and served on lay witness missions. She later lived in Lake Placid, FL, until moving to Bluffton, where she attended the Bluffton United Methodist Church.

She was born May 27, 1927, in Huntington County to Everett and Ruth Birney Lund. She married Harry Stephens on Nov. 19, 1948, in Markle. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 2011.

Survivors include a son, Kent (Linda) Stephens, of Dublin, OH; a daughter, Patti (Ernie) Beck, of Craigville; a twin sister, Erma Redding, of Wells County; two grandchildren, Kendra (Anthony) Elkins, of Pickerington, OH, and Joel (Megan) Stephens, of Hilliard, OH; and four great-grandchildren.

A service was held on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, with Rev. Jerry Qualls and Rev. Greg Rittenhouse officiating. Burial was at the Markle Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Family Life Care of Berne.

Online condolences may be made at www.thegmcfamily.com.