SHIRLEY JEAN (CLARKSON) STEVENS, 91, of Davison, MI, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021 at Brookdale Assisted Living – Memory Care. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in Shirley’s memory.
Shirley was born in Hazel Park, MI on August 6, 1930, number 6 of 7 children born to the late Arthur Theodore and Lillian (Wood) Clarkson. Her father was born in South Africa and her mother was born in England. As immigrants, her parents had to struggle to survive. Shirley married Earl Stevens on May 28, 1948. She loved sailing, and was proficient at watercolors, embroidery and singing. Together, Earl and Shirley traveled extensively in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, making sure to visit family in St. Ives Cornwall England. She retired from the Royal Oak School system as a secretary.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 73 years, Earl Stevens; two children, Clifford (Linda) Stevens and Laura (Dale) Parks; seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Joshua) Schlegelmilch, Christopher (Charity) Stevens, Phillip (Rachel) Stevens, Katherine (Jason) Moore, Cassandra Parks, Nicholas Parks and Lizzie Parks; six great-grandchildren, Ameilia Schlegelmilch, Nate Schlegelmilch, Matilda Schlegelmilch, Sebastian Stevens, Arthur Stevens, Lizzie Parks and Noah Parks; two sisters, Ruth Wood (95) and Linda Pagnani (80); many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Lillian Clarkson.
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