Linda Kidd Stephens, 90, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Friday, August 5 at Carolina Village after a period of declining health. She was predeceased by Alvis Henry Stephens, her husband of 62 years. Surviving are sons Scott and David (Mark McKenzie). Also mourning her passing are nieces and nephews Elizabeth Maynard Avett (Fred), Janet Stephens Davis (John), Jimmy Stephens (Joyce), and Tommy Stephens (Pat). Linda Stephens will also be missed by grandchildren Jake, John (Carrie), and Joshua Stephens (Rosanna), and Mary Stephens Pohl (Neal), and great-grandchildren Abigail Stephens, and Clare, Judah, Jane Catherine, and Shiloh Pohl, and Keyla Hensdill.
Linda Stephens was born in 1926 in Moore County NC, daughter of Martha Era Cox and Murphy Lassiter Kidd, the third sibling of four including Thelma Kidd, Clara Tessenear, and Leroy Kidd. A bit of a tomboy and a farm girl in rural NC, she learned the ways of the creeks and vegetable garden before a family move into nearby Apex.
After high school graduation in Apex NC where she was editor of the high school newspaper, Linda received an AA degree at Mars Hill College and worked as a legal secretary. She married a returning high school classmate, naval aviator Alvis Stephens at Apex Baptist Church on October 20, 1951.
Over many bountiful years Linda Stephens was a wife, a Navy wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and along the way pursued real estate sales in Northern Virginia with great success. She learned to play golf as a means to enjoy time with her husband, and became proficient in the game, and enthusiastic in its following. She leveraged a keen eye for furniture quality from the last century and tastefully decorated a succession of family homes. And all the while, Linda Stephens prepared and set a dinner table which nurtured her admiring family of generations.
Linda Stephens was generous in her thoughts of others and engaging in her perspectives on life’s teachings. Her love of meaningful words and artful expression has left lasting phrases in her offspring’s vocabulary: many can relate to her description of Hendersonville traffic as moving “slower than a herd of turtles”.
Linda and Al retired to Hendersonville in 1985. They counted their blessings as they traveled the Southeast in later years, often in October remembrances, sharing a love for history and new places. Linda supported the First United Methodist Church faithfully and also counted Carolina Village as one of their blessings.
A memorial service for friends, family, and acquaintances will be held at First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville at 11 am on Friday, August 12. A private family celebration will immediately follow.
Memorial gifts may be made in Linda’s name to First United Methodist Church, Mission Fund by CLICKING HERE.
Date: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Hendersonville First United Methodist Church
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