Ellen “Louise” Stevens departed this life to her heavenly home on Nov. 12, 2012 in Carthage.

Ellen “Louise” Stevens departed this life to her heavenly home on Nov. 12, 2012 in Carthage.

Louise was born Aug. 11, 1926, to Gene and Bess Swango. She grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Welch High School, Welch, Okla. Upon completion of high school she attended business college and secured her first job as secretary with the BF Goodrich Plant, Miami, Okla.

Louise married John William Stevens on Sept. 14, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years. They lived in various states before settling in Diamond, where they had their last home and raised their four children. If you saw one, you saw both, always working side-by-side in their work and home. One of the joys was working in their garden. She loved canning her vegetables, pickles, beets, green beans and tomatoes. Both would always share their garden vegetables with family, friends and neighbors.

Louise is survived by her brother, Benny Swango and wife, Frankie, Grove, Okla.; sister, Virginia Edwards and husband, Jack, Kansas City, Mo.; four children, son, John Stevens and wife, Mary Jane, Carthage; daughter, Sandra Roberts and husband, John, Bella Vista, Ark., daughter, Karen Petticrew and husband, Rick, Carthage; son, Carl Stevens and wife, Dina, Carthage; six grandchildren, Jeanine Matlock and husband, Travis, John Petticrew and wife, Adrian; Michael Petticrew and wife, Lauren, Mary Ellen Vahle and husband, Barrett, Whitney Stevens, Marissa Stevens; 13 great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily, Payton, Ava, Alexis, Sadie, Kolton, Mason, Benton, Grey, Zayne, Etta, Mikey.

As “Granny” would say “I now have my baker’s dozen.”

Louise was also preceded in death by her great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, at Diamond Christian Church, Diamond.

Pastor Mike Morgan officiating. Interment will be in Diamond Cemetery, Diamond.

Services under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.