Francis Dianne Stephens

Published 12:30 pm Friday, June 4, 2010

PORT GIBSON — Francis Dianne Stephens died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at her home in Port Gibson. She was 66.

Mrs. Stephens was born in Memphis on Dec. 6, 1943. She attended White Station High School, graduating in 1961. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Belhaven College in 1965. She was a member of Port Gibson Baptist Church.

Over the years she taught school at Watkins Elementary in Jackson, St. Clair County School in St. Clair, Mich., and CEF in Port Gibson.

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She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Aeschliman; and a daughter, Belinda Leigh Stephens.

Survivors include her devoted husband of 45 years whom she married June 3, 1965, John Howard Stephens; one son, John Howard Stephens II of Warsaw, Mo.; two daughters, Frances Dolmage of Morris, Ill., and Lynn Himmelsbaugh of Bellvue, Mich.; her mother, Evelyn Aeschliman of Memphis; a brother, Richard Aeschliman of Stone Mountain, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Brian, Ashley and Jacob Himmelsbaugh and Josh, Paige, Regan and Nathan Stephens.

Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson with the Revs. Tim Rowan and Jim Kultan officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home of Port Gibson. Visitation was at Port Gibson Baptist Church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.

Pallbearers were John Stephens, Marc Himmelsbaugh, Jason Wooley, Richi Aeschliman, Brian Himmelsbaugh, Josh Stephens, Steve Stephens and Louis Kelly.

Honorary pallbearers were Monette Greer, William May, Calvin Stephens, Robert Parker, Daryll Dolmage, Mike Nevels and Richard Aeschliman.

Memorials may be made to Port Gibson Baptist Church, 804 Church St., Port Gibson, MS 39150; Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995; or to Camellia Hospice, P.O. Box 1956, Hattiesburg, MS 39043.