M. Eloise Stephens, age 90, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2018, in Highlands Ranch, CO. Her ties to Wall Lake, Iowa, date from 1949 when she wed Richard W. Stephens, the third son of Byron K. and Ruth E. Stephens.
Muriel Eloise Dole was born on November 30, 1928, to parents Elwyn H. Dole and Alice Olson Dole in Lewistown, MT. She grew up on a ranch in central Montana and graduated from Harlowton High School in 1946. After high school, Eloise left Montana to pursue a business degree at Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, MO. Upon graduation, she moved to Des Moines, IA, and took a position at Traveler’s Insurance Company.
While working in Des Moines, Eloise met her future husband, Richard Stephens. They were united in marriage on December 31, 1949. Richard grew up on a farm outside of Wall Lake, IA, and graduated from Sac City High School. Between 1950 and 1959, Eloise followed her husband as he pursued a career in the brick and tile industry, living in Sioux City, IA, Mason City, IA, Grand Folks, ND and Cedar Rapids, IA. Richard passed away unexpectedly in 1959.
After Richard’s passing, Eloise moved with her two daughters to Denver, CO where she became a legal secretary and eventually served as a deputy clerk for the district court in Douglas County, CO, and later became Clerk to the Justice of the District Court for Arapahoe County, CO. Eloise retired in 1990 when she married Norton H. Stephens, the widowed brother of her first husband.
Norton and Eloise spent seven happy years of retirement in Kingman, AZ together. In 2000, Eloise returned to her beloved state of Colorado.
Throughout her life, Eloise was active in her church, sang in the choir and volunteered for special events as a member of the Alter Guild. She loved the mountains, being outdoors and music. Eloise set life standards for her children, all the time stressing education and building independence. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Eloise is preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard Stephens; husband Norton Stephens; two sisters: Mary Smith of Great Falls, MT and Virginia Addington of Issaquah, WA.
Those left to cherish her memories are her sister Charlotte Worrall (Edward) of Laughlin, NV; her three children, Cynthia (Gale) Rozell of Coronado, CA, Cheryl Peck of Highlands Ranch, CO and Peter (Susan) Giusti of Monument, CO; and five grandchildren, Christopher Rozell of Washington, DC, Teale Peck and Taylor Peck of Highlands Ranch, CO, Nicolas Giusti of Kansas City, KS, Caroline Giusti of Monument, CO; and nieces, nephews, and members of her extended family; and friends.