Rebecca A. Stevens, 79, of West Paris died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 at Central Maine Medical Center., Lewiston.
She was born in West Paris, April 21, 1932, the daughter of Lawrence P. and Florence Hart Abbott. She was brought up in North Paris the oldest of eight children and at the age of 7 was given the task of caring for her siblings. She graduated from West Paris High School and had worked as a secretary at Lamb Insurance, A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. and J.P. Cullinan Oil Co.
She was a member of the West Paris Historical Society and the West Paris Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, camping, fishing, puzzles, traveling, reading and the holidays. She loved her family and being with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed her annual 4th of July weeks at Dummer's Beach.
She married Gordon Stevens in 1950. He died Sept. 18, 1998.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Hill and her husband Brian of South Paris and Lisa Ryerson and her husband Duane of South Woodstock; four sisters, Mary Jane Ames of Derry, N.H., Betty Jones and husband Ted of West Paris, Phyllis Morrison of South Paris and Edna Proctor of West Paris; a sister-in-law, Jane Littlehale of North Paris; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Dawson and Brandon Hill, Brianna Vollmar, Matthew, Melanie and Casey Ryerson; eight great-grandchildren, Zaya, Elias, Willow, Lennox, Lili, Sierra, Maggie and Bella; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.
Rebecca was predeceased by a son, Russell Stevens; her companion, William “Bill” Ring; and three brothers, Harlan, James and Howard Abbott.
Online condolences may be shared with her family @chandlerfunerals.com.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 13, at the West Paris Baptist Church, with interment following at Wayside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in her memory to the West Paris Historical Society.