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Ruth Stevens, 90

Ruth P. Stevens, 90


LACONIA — Ruth P (Phelps) Stevens, 90, formerly of New Hampton, and Belleview, Fla., died peacefully at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was the widow of David B. Stevens who passed away in August 2013.

Ruth was born on June 16, 1923 in Greenfield, Mass., where she went to school, and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1941. She was the daughter of Everett Phelps and Antoinette (Masse) Phelps.

During World War II, she worked at the Greenfield Tap & Die Co. In 1946 she married David and they raised their five children in the Mount Hermon section of Gill, Mass.

Upon their retirement in 1979, they moved to New Hampton where they lived on Oxbow Road and Sky Pond Road. Later, Ruth and David moved to Florida where they spent many years in Belleview and Summerfield, Fla., returning to New Hampshire in 2009.

Ruth was an avid gardener and loved to play cards and listen to all kinds of music. She especially liked the music programs at the nursing home. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Stevens was predeceased by four siblings, brothers, Riley Phelps and Harvey Phelps, and sisters, Anna Johnson and Ada Field.

She is survived by three sons, Daniel R Stevens and wife, Joyce of Bristol, Bruce D Stevens and wife, Stacy of New Hampton, and Gary R. Stevens and wife, Rhonda of Warren; two daughters, Beverly J. Butterfield and companion, Ed Stout of Summerfield, Fla., and Elizabeth E Gross and husband, Gordon of Henderson, Nev. She also leaves one sister, Doris Cutting of Brattleboro, Vt., eight grandchildren, Brian Stevens, Kevin Stevens, Quincy Stevens Gunn, Gordon Gross, Jr, Katy Gross, Corilynn Gross, Kala Stevens and Austin Stevens, 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Belknap County Nursing Home for their friendship and compassionate care over the past three years.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside burial service will be scheduled at a later date at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, where she will be buried with her husband of 67 years, David B. Stevens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home's Activities Fund at 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH. 03246.

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