Justine Stephens February 21, 2015

CARBONDALE — Justine (Tomlinson) Stephens, 98, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born Aug. 28, 1916, in Carbondale, to Clethra Albert and Edna (McGill) Tomlinson.

She married Clarence W. Stephens in June 1933, and he passed away in July of 1989. They had shared 53 years.

Justine was a homemaker.

She was a graduate from Southern Illinois University, Summa Cum Laude. She lived a long and full life, and in her younger years was a woman of many talents and accomplishments.

Survivors include daughter, Beverly Stephens Ray (husband Alden); grandchildren, Mike Ray (wife, Nancy), Cindy Sturlin (husband, Kim), Sarah Kirk (husband, Jim), Tom Ray (wife, Carrie), and Matthew Blake (wife, Liz); and son-in-law Bruce Camden. She had many great and great-great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Charles Burton Stephens in December 1935; and her daughter, Barbara Stephens Camden in April 2013.

Memorial services will be at Walker Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00pm with Pastor Wes Henson officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SIU Athletic Department.

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