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Louise Stephens Obituary | Chattanooga Times Free Press

Beloved mother, grandmother and grandmother, Louise Brown Stevens, passed away peacefully on January 16 in Harrison, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. She was born on October 25, 1930 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jean William Stevens and her parents Fred Estes Brown and Mattie Mae Elizabeth Johnson Brown; a younger sister who died at birth; Brothers and sisters-in-law Bill and John Stevens Bond, Roscoe and Anna Lee Stevens, and Bramblett and Elizabeth Stevens.

She is survived by her two sons, Sarah (Ruff) Smith; John Stevens (Shannan Billings); and Paul (Libby) Stevens; Descendants, Rachel (Ben) Carter; Stephen (Elizabeth) Smith, Amy (Josh) Pugh, Ford Smith, and Sarah Reeve Smith; Erin Stephens (Charlie Foo); Emily Stevens (Colin Mortensen); Heidi Stevens (Joe Obinsky); Bradley and Hannah Stephens; great grandchildren; Eleanor Pugh, Brody, and Emma Carter; sisters, Martha Ann (Marcy) Macmillan, and Frieda Elizabeth Hart; And many nieces and nephews.

Louise grew up in the Brainerd neighborhoods where her father was an owner and pharmacist at the Belvoir Pharmacy. In 1967, Louise and her two sisters, the Brown Sisters, recorded a cherished record of sacred songs. As a permanent gift for her children, she wrote a beautiful family history she shared in 2007.

Louise attended Peabody College of Teachers in Nashville, along with her friend and future sister-in-law John Stevens. She was a member of the Madrigalians, Peabody Players, Beta Kappa Tau, and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity at Peabody. Miss Peabody was elected.

After graduation, Louise began her career as a teacher. In 1953, she married Jean William Stevens at Brainerd Baptist Church. Jane was a teacher and then principal of Hixson Elementary Schools and East Ridge High Schools and principal of Chattanooga High Schools. Louise took a fun break from teaching when her three children joined the family. After the children had grown up, Louise returned to teaching in 1968, retiring in 1987. After retirement she was a leader in the Tennessee State Retired Teachers?? East Tennessee Acoustic Association and Society (ETVA). In 2013, ETVA created the Louise Stephens Vocal Music Scholarship.

Her faith in Jesus Christ and her love for music were fundamental principles of Louise’s life. Louise accepted Jesus as her personal saviour in April 1939 at Brainerd Baptist Church where she remained an active member for many years. She has been called up to be interim director of the Brainerd Choir several times. Her involvement in music was profound. She sang and directed Sweet Adelines as well as Singing Dilettantes. She was part of the Society of Choral Arts and the Scenic City Choir for many years.

Louise’s large, extended, lovable family shares the consensus that she was simply the kindest and most loving person they have ever known. She was a maid serving her church and community. She was legendary at her family’s Sunday dinner where everyone would come after church to eat and fellowship. She was extraordinarily talented but incredibly humble, giving her Savior glory to all of her many accomplishments. No mother has been more proud of her beautiful children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even beloved nephews and nephews. While those who love her grieve, we can all imagine being reunited in heaven as she reunited with her beloved husband.

The funeral service will take place on Saturday, January 22, at 2:30 p.m., at Brainerd Baptist Church with Reverend Bill Bond and Reverend Brian Skinner. The Pall Bearers will be David Bond, Ben Carter, Phil Hart, Josh Pugh, Bill Whitson and Fred Whitson. Honorary Pallbearers are her devoted caregivers: Janice Bryan, Caroline Cox, Paula Guest, Gina Knight, Carmen Meadows, Janice Morgan, Kristen Thompson, Sally Thompson, and Star Thompson. The family will receive friends from 11:30 – 2:30 on the church campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: The East Tennessee Vocal Association, Louise Stephens Vocal Scholarship, Kathryn E.May, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, 674 Clear Springs Road, Limestone, TN 37681.

Beautiful memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com for the Stevens family. Arrangements from the crematorium of the Chattanooga Funeral Home and East Chapel florist, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, Tennessee 37412.


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