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Aug. 30, 1916 - Feb. 18, 2018

A memorial service will be held for Elsie Celesta Stevens, formerly of Sumner and Coquille, at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at Sumner Community Church, 95099 Stevens Ln. Coos Bay. She passed away in Eugene, Feb. 18, 2018 at the age of 101.

Elsie was born Aug. 30, 1916 in Attica, Kan., to George and Rowena (Nickell) Downing. In 1935, she married Gerald Burnett. They had one son, John. Gerald and Elsie divorced in 1945. On Feb. 29, 1948, she married Theodore Stevens. To this union were born two children, Michael and Patricia. They lived for many years in Sumner, near Coos Bay. In 1994, they moved to Coquille, where Elsie lived until moving in 2010 to Eugene with her daughter.

Elsie was well known for her cheerful smile and attitude. She was instrumental in the founding of Sumner Community Church and leaves a legacy of faith to her children and grandchildren. Her main hobbies were sewing, gardening, and horseback riding.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Rowena Downing; her sister and husband, Edith and Eugene Brizendine; her husband, Theodore; and her son and his wife, John and Joyce Burnett.

Elsie is survived by her son, Michael Stevens and his wife Emily; her daughter, Patricia Stevens; nieces, Phyllis Solomon and Shirley Ringo; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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