Pauline R. Stephens-Hall, 96, of Bellefontaine, went to meet her precious Lord on Thursday, August 8, 2013. She had been waiting and praying for this reunion.
She was born on September 8, 1916 in Marion, OH to the late Osborne and Rebecca Staley.
On May 18, 1941 she married Dale E. Stephens and he preceded her in death on February 22, 1985. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Dalene Barnett.
Surviving is her son, David (Sandra) Stephens; five grandchildren, Scott Stephens, Kimberly Yoder, Diana Jones, Daniel (Christy) Barnett and Michelle (Pete) Blosser; seven great grandchildren, Kayla Stephens, Maegan Jones, Justin Jones, Kelsey Barnett, Lauren Barnett, Tucker Barnett, and Olivia Blosser; and one great-great grandchild, Braylon Jones.
Pauline was a graduate of the Cleveland Bible College, now Malone University, and attended the Huntington College in Huntington, IN. An ordained elder of the United Brethren in Christ Church, she was one of the early trailblazers of women pastors. She served as a pastor for 31 years and as an associate pastor for 5 years. Pauline retired in 1979 but was active in various ministry roles for many more years. She and Dale enjoyed serving together for many years.
Rev. Kenneth Graham and Rev. Roger Overmyer will officiate at a 12:00 pm funeral service on Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Wayne, OH at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Camp Cotubic, a place she loved and supported, 2158 CR 25, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.