2012-12-06 / Obituaries

Billie Mae Richter Stevenson

July 23, 1921 - November 28, 2012

Billie Mae Richter Stevenson was born July 23, 1921, in Abernathy, Texas to William (Bill) and Jewel Richter, where she grew up and graduated from Abernathy High School before attending Texas Tech University. Billie Mae met and married a handsome young man from New Mexico, Ralph H. Stevenson, in 1940. Billie and Ralph lived and worked in several towns in Texas where they made numerous friends and left a legacy of openhearted service everywhere they went. During her life, Billie and Ralph raised three children, and were rewarded with ten grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Her first grandchildren nicknamed her Mama Two, and the name stuck, so we have called her Billie or Mom or Mother, but mostly Mama Two (or just “Two”) for most of the last fifty years. If you knew her, you probably cherished her and know that she loved to cook, to eat, to entertain, to play cards, and mostly, to be with her family who she loved very much. She loved to tell jokes and was never afraid to say pretty much what was on her mind, to our endless wonder and amazement! Billie left this world peacefully on November 28, 2012 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Gertrude, husband Ralph and a daughter, Jana Stevenson Jones. She is survived by her daughter Dianna Humphrey and son-in-law Neal Humphrey of Apopka, Florida and their three sons, Todd & Jennifer Humphrey of Florida, Mark & Melissa Humphrey of Florida, and Ryan Humphrey of Florida; daughter Jana Stevenson Jones’ children, Bryan & Jessica Jones of Illinois, Steve and Laura Jones of Texas, Kory and Bo Kalabus of Texas, and Michael Jones and family of Texas; and son Scott Stevenson and daughter-in-law Rhonda Stevenson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and their children Kelli and JD Epperson of Oklahoma, Gregory Stevenson of Colorado, and Christopher Stevenson of Oklahoma. Mama Two was a wonderful person to be around, and will be missed greatly by those of us, including many nephews and nieces and their families, that enjoyed countless hours of fun and relaxation and great meals at Mama Two’s house on Cedar Creek Lake. Mama Two has been trying to get back to Texas for most of the last ten or fifteen years, and Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 2:00 pm she will get her wish, as we bury her at the Mt. Sylvan Cemetery next to Ralph and Jana.

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