Marjorie L. Stevens
(March 18, 1935 – August 29, 2015)
Marjorie L. Stevens, beloved and devout spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away on August 29, 2015. She was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 18, 1935, and grew up in Altadena, California. In 1953, she married her high school sweetheart, LeRoy Jerry Stevens, at All Saints in Pasadena, California. Jerry joined the US Navy, which initially stationed him at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California. While stationed there, and during his West Pac Tour, they lived in Oakland, California. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary with their immediate family at Lake Tahoe the summer before Jerry’s death in January 1997. They had an amazing marriage that caused many to comment that, even after so many years together, they still behaved like newlyweds.
After Jerry’s honorable discharge from the US Navy, they moved back to Pasadena to start a family. Marjorie and Jerry raised four sons and, together as a family, they lived in Pasadena and Duarte, California, until their move to Tacoma, Washington in 1979. Marjorie successfully raised four boys while working outside of the home. She retired from Kmart Corporation after a career that took her from being a retail clerk, to managing a store department, and ultimately to a position in the accounting department.
Marjorie was a devout spouse, mother, humorist, lover of games of chance, and an avid sports fan. She supported her sons in all that they did from Scouting, to sports, to education, and career choices. She served as a Den Mother in the Cub Scouts, Homeroom Mother in her sons’ various elementary schools, field trip chaperon, and faithful cheerleader. She was always present at events for her sons from swim and diving meets, football games, to wrestling matches. To her last day, she cheered on her favorite profession teams – the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks. Of course, being from the Greater Los Angeles Area, LA Dodger blue was in her veins.
Marjorie is survived by her four sons LeRoy, Rick (Lucille), Kenneth, and Robert (Carlos), grandchildren (Robert, Danielle, & Christian), brother and sister-in-law Don and Diane Waddell, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marjorie’s Memorial Service is on September 25, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery, 37600 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way, WA. A celebration of life reception will be held after the service. Memorial contributions can be made to Safe Crossings Foundation – Helping Children Cope with grief after the loss of a parent or sibling (http://safecrossingsfoundation.org/) and The Pierce County Humane Society