Maria Lana Stevens, age 72, of Boone and formerly of Jefferson, died May 30, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Her wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be June 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the Open Bible Church in Boone with Rev. Phil Waldo officiating. Burial of her cremains will be in the Grand Junction Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the Church on June 4 from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Maria Lana Stevens was born in Grand Junction, Iowa, on November 9, 1941, the daughter of John and Edith (Wright) Reineman. She grew up in Grand Junction and graduated from Grand Junction High School. On February 25, 1961, Maria married Earl Stevens in Scranton in the Church of Christ parsonage. The couple lived in Scranton and the Scranton area until they moved to Boone. She was employed as a clerk at the Scranton Grocery Store and at Casey’s. Then Maria worked as a housekeeper at the Jefferson Manor and worked in the laundry department at Jefferson Hospital. She retired in 2008. Maria loved her pet cats, dogs and goats, especially Poochie, her beloved Shih Tzu. Maria also loved to cook for her family, especially during the holidays. Her family favorites were fried chicken, cream puffs, and angel food cake. She was always one step ahead of everyone taking care of people.
Maria is preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister Pauline, and a sister Gertrude Morgan. She is survived by her husband Earl of Boone; four daughters, Tina (Lou) Abundis of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Cindy (Gary) Russell of Boone, Annette (Nick) Foster of Jefferson, and Kristy (Mike) Rohde of Boone; her twin brother John (Carol) Reineman of Jefferson; three sisters Vivian Betts and Wilma Willett, both of Jefferson and Mary Thorpe of Grand Junction; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In memory of Maria, memorials may be directed to the family.
Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall in Boone is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.schroedermemorialchapel.com.