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Mary Ellen (Martin) Stephenson August 22, 1926 – March 11, 2021

Mary Ellen (Martin) Stephenson, 94, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at her home in Dean Lake, MO.  Funeral services will be held at Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick, MO on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.  Reverend Lanny Lybarger will officiate the service.  Visitation will precede the service from 10:00-11:00 A.M.  Burial will be in McCullough Cemetery in Triplett, MO.

Mary Ellen was born on August 22, 1926 in Dean Lake, MO, the daughter of Clarence and Norabelle (Dobbins) Martin.  In 1945, she graduated from Triplett High School in Triplett, MO.  On May 4, 1946 she married the love of her life, Dale Stephenson, in Keytesville, MO.  Together they were blessed with one daughter, Karen.  After 47 years of marriage, Dale preceded her in passing on June 27, 1993.

Mary Ellen was appointed the Postmaster at the Snyder Post Office in 1956 and held that position until they closed in 1972.  That year she was transferred to the Triplett Post Office, which is where she worked until her retirement in August of 1986.  In total, Mary Ellen worked for the United States Postal Service for 40 years.  She also owned a grocery store in Snyder, MO from 1956 to 1971.

Mary Ellen was a member of the Dean Lake Baptist Church, served as their Sunday school superintendent, and taught Sunday school classes.  She later attended the Triplett Christian Church and was a member of the Triplett Christian Church Ladies Aid.  Mary Ellen was also the clerk for the township of Triplett for 21 years.  She loved spending time with her family and loved to cross stitch.

Mary Ellen is survived by her daughter, Karen Lacy of Branson, MO; her granddaughter, Krista Bean and her husband Mike of Dean Lake, MO; and four great-grandchildren, Brittney Bean of Brookfield, MO, Rachael Bean of Brookfield, MO, Wyatt Bean of Dean Lake, MO, and Jace Bean of Dean Lake, MO.  She is also survived by David Stephenson and his wife Rochelle of Surprise, AZ and his children, Chad Stephenson and his wife Rachael of Des Moines, IA, Stevie Ray Stephenson of Westminster, CO, and Austin Stephenson of Westminster, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Norabelle; her husband, Dale; and three brothers, Vern J. Martin, CH Martin, and Jim Martin.

Pallbearers will be Mike Bean, Wyatt Bean, Larry Stephenson, Bruce Moreau, Vern D. Martin, and Alan Martin.  Honorary pallbearers will be David Stephenson, Dale Moore, and James Nickell.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to McCullough Cemetery.  Donations may be left at or mailed to Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO, 65236.

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