Martha Ellen Stevens

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Martha Ellen Stevens

January 29, 1936 - February 28, 2019

Martha Ellen Stevens Martha Ellen (Habing) Stevens, 83, of Teutopolis, passed away at 8:54 PM on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Saint Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, surrounded by her loving family.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 8, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Teutopolis, with burial following at St. Francis Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for 4-7 PM on Thursday, March 7, with a prayer service immediately following at St. Francis Church. Services are in care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Memorials may be made to missionary Father Paul Habing or Catholic Charities. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Martha was born January 29, 1936, in Teutopolis IL, the daughter of John and Elizabeth "Betty" Habing. She graduated from Teutopolis High School and went on to work at the Effingham Health Department and Boos before marriage. She was united in marriage to Charles A. "Chuck" Stevens on June 15, 1957, and he preceded her in death on December 11, 2012. She was a life-long member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ladies of the Lake, Effingham Garden Club, and many other discussion groups, some of which she had been attending for decades. She enjoyed having served on the board of directors for ARC (currently CSS) for many years. Together with Chuck, they founded Stevens Industries in Teutopolis, IL.
Martha was a stay-at-home mother and homemaker whose primary focus in life was her family and motherhood. She embraced the best of our humanity and looked past society's labels and stereotypes to find what Jesus loves about each person. She was never afraid to speak up on someone's behalf and was quietly generous with both her time and resources.
Martha is survived by her children: son, Tim of Teutopolis; son, Kevin of Effingham; son, Tony (Cindy) of Teutopolis; daughter, Lisa (Larry) Heisler of Columbia, SC; daughter, Nancy (Donald) Martin of Chesterfield, MO; son, Jonathan of Chicago; daughter, Laura (Troy) Hardiek of Effingham; daughter-in-law, Brenda Stevens of Teutopolis; sister, Alice (Phil) Conlin of Effingham; brother, Cletus (Sharon) Habing of Effingham; and sister-in-law, Delores Kirby of Chicago. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she adored.
Martha is preceded in death by her: husband, Chuck; parents, John and Betty; father-in-law, Charles Stevens; mother-in-law, Helen Stevens; brother, Donald (Ruth) Habing; son-in-law, Blair Carlson; and great-grandson, Daniel Anthony Ruholl (whom she is greatly enjoying in heaven).
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Cindy Weber
Mar 08, 2019
Ted and I are saddened by your loss. Martha was invaluable to us when we first began to realize our daughter's disability. She was a very kind and generous person. May you all have peace in knowing that both Chuck and Martha were inspirational to us and to countless others. Cherish your memories!
Marian (Esker) Smith
Mar 04, 2019
My deepest condolences to all Martha's family. While still living in Illinois (decades ago now), and while visiting my parents, I would stroll over to the Stevens' home with my two older children to visit and catch up with Martha and her two oldest. Those were happy times as we chatted and laughed over the antics of those little tykes. In more recent years, a group of us classmates travelled to visit another classmate and, sadly, now only three of this group survives. I would see and talk to Martha on occasion when I drove down from Michigan to care for my mother in her last years. On one of those visits my Mom was quite ill and Martha, in her generosity and caring spirit, brought chick...en soup over to heal my Mom. A couple years have passed since we've had a one-on-one conversation but she, as all my classmates of 1954, remains in thought and heart. My plans for August 2019 have gone awry as our heavenly Father decided it was time to take Martha home. I am greatly saddened, but know she now resides in the most beautiful garden of her life and with Chuck, her parents, and other family members who pre-deceased her. May God bless her and her family. Keeping all her family in my prayers, MarianRead more