Marjorie Gene Stephens

Marjorie Gene Stephens

1928-Sept. 1, 2016

Former Homer resident Marjorie Gene Stephens, 88, died peacefully on Sept. 1, 2016, in Amarillo, Texas. She was born in Amarillo and spent her childhood and early adult years there. She married her high school sweetheart Del Stephens, attended the University of Texas with him, and accompanied him around the world for the next 50 plus years. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and they enjoyed traveling together. They had a loving marriage.

The military took them to Alaska in 1966. They loved the Alaska wilderness and lifestyle, and retired to the small town of Homer. They designed and built their own rambling Alaska home, and lived there happily together until Del’s death in 2004. Gene remained in Homer until 2014, when she returned to Amarillo to be close to family and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert, and sister, Anne Van Camp, and brother-in-law Virgil Van Camp.

Survivors include son, Dave Stephens, and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Green of Homer; daughter, Amy Stephens, of Amarillo; brother, Rob Schulze, of Menifee, Calif.; granddaughters, Tracy Eastland and Katy Taylor, both of Amarillo; grandson, Eric Stephens of Seattle, and a gaggle of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and great-grandkids too numerous to mention individually. She loved them all, and was equally loved by all.

“Gene Stephens lived well and died well, which is all any of us can hope for. Rest in peace,” her family said.