Yvonne Marie Stephens

Yvonne Stephens, a long-time resident of Weiser, passed away on April 14, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. Yvonne was born in Weiser on September 16, 1927 to Orlon (Jack) & Elverna Whiting. She had three brothers, Orlon, Stanford, and Richard (Dick). She attended school in Weiser and then attended the University of Idaho, graduating in Music Performance and singing with the University of Idaho Vandaleers. In 1950 she married the love of her life, Donald L. Stephens. They were married for sixty-six years. They lived their lives in Weiser until May of last year when they moved closer to family in Boise. Yvonne taught for twenty five years in the Weiser School District. She was a wonderful musician. She had a beautiful voice and shared her talent with many. She sang in Carnegie Hall in New York with the TVCC choir.

She was active in the Weiser Friends of Memorial Hospital and she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in many capacities in her ward and stake, including: ward & stake Relief Society president, ward organist, & ward choir director.

Yvonne had a kind heart and provided countless services without ever being seen by others. She loved to cook, research family history, do counted cross-stitch, and knit. She had a sweet, kind smile that lifted the hearts of those around her. She especially loved being with her grandchildren. She was really proud of all of them. She attended ball games, music & dance recitals, and put together many puzzles, read many books aloud, and played many games with them.

She is survived by two sons, Dan Stephens (Glenda) and David Stephens (Leslie), one daughter, Toni Hendrickson (Ron), eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She also leaves behind Don’s brother, Richard and his wife, Betty and their children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, her parents, her three brothers, and one grandson, Joshua Hendrickson.

The viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m and the funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., both on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Weiser LDS Church at 300 East Main Street. Memorials can be sent to the Friends of the Hospital, 645 E. 5th St., Weiser, ID 83672. Services under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home.


1 Comment

  • Emily Taisey Parker Posted April 19, 2017 10:24 am

    Mrs. Stephens was one of my very favorite teachers, and very favorite people. When I was in first grade, I was placed in the “gifted and talented” program, which Mrs. Stephens ran. I suspect “gifted and talented” may have been code for “reads too much and has trouble making friends.”

    Mrs. Stephens encouraged me to write and to learn new things. She let me write about motorcycles in third grade, and about oceanography in fourth. Anything I was interested in, she helped me learn about. Every afternoon for five years, I spent time with her and a handful of other kids, learning logic and research, writing, and about the world. Anything we wanted. She patiently answered every question. She treated us like adults, but more importantly, she treated us like we mattered. Like we were important.

    Midway through my fifth grade year, she retired and I was heartbroken. She was replaced with Mrs. Hogan, whom I grew to equally love, but she was never Mrs. Stephens. Nobody could have been.

    I hope she knew how much I loved her; how much we all did. My deepest condolences to her family and the numerous friends she left behind.


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