Frances Call Stephenson passed away at home on August 6, 1998. Her husband was at her side at the time of her death as he constantly was in life.
Robert and Frances were devoted to each other and their children throughout their marriage of 56 years and, in the words of one friend, "they always had a love affair going."Fran, affectionately known as "Frankie," was born September 5, 1920 in Lewiston, Utah to Anson and Ethel Reader Call. She was the second of their six children. In spite of lifelong illness, Fran always had an infectious spunk and zest for life. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an ability to poke fun at someone in a gentle and loving way. People always felt at ease with her. Fran married Robert Eldon Stephenson on May 1, 1942 in the Salt Lake Temple. It was the height of World War II and for four years they traveled the country while Robert filled assignments in the military. She has been a talented artist and sculptress and, at the time of her death, was painting a portrait of her young granddaughter Betsy Jane Stephenson. Fran loved music and instilled the love of fine music in her children and grandchildren, many of whom are accomplished musicians. She was an expert knitter. She loved to knit socks and sweaters for everyone, but she was especially known for the beautiful Christmas stockings knitted for all of her children, grandchildren, and many, many friends. In the 1960s Fran served many hours as a volunteer at the Salt Lake Detention Center. For a number of years, she worked as manager of the Scandinavian of Scottsdale. In the early 1990s, Fran and her husband served for two years in the Temple Square Mission, where he served in the presidency. They loved and were loved by the missionaries there. They have both been active and faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of their lives.
Frances is survive by her husband, Robert; children, Jill Stephenson Greene (Mark H.); Robert Anson Stephenson (Gaylyn Skola); Jane Stephenson Johnson (David E.); Ned Eldon Stephenson (Lisa Bradley); her sisters, Florence Call Ferguson (Burnett), of Wildemar, California; and Ethel Call Patrick (Joseph), of Bountiful, Utah; and 18 grandchildren. Fran was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Anson, Jack, and Ned; two grandchildren, Julie Ann and Brian.
Friends may call at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Sunday August 9th from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 10th at the Millcreek 4th Ward chapel, 4600 South 600 East at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the chapel one hour prior to the service. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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