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January 15, 1917 -

Grace was born in Commerce on Jan. 15, 1917, to John Fletcher Perkins and Effie Hollon Shoemate.
On June 6, 1936, she married Marvin William Stephenson; he preceded her in death on March 13, 1998. She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Mineola and the First Christian Church in Commerce where she taught a Bible study class. She was also active in several other church organizations.
Grace was a businesswoman. She owned and operated two successful beautician and florist businesses in Commerce in the 1960s and 1970s.
Survivors include her two sons, Tommy Dale Stephenson of Quitman and Larry William Stephenson of Midland; and her nephew, Joe Cloniger of Houston.
Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. today at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce under the direction of Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce.
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Published on May 27, 2011
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