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Ova Belle Stevens, 90, of Richland, died Jan. 11, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate. Visitations will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.
Ova Belle was born to James M. and Eva L. Anderson on Dec. 20, 1913, at Carnegie, Okla. She attended school and was raised in Caddo County, Okla. Ova married Thomas T. Stevens at Fort Cobb, Okla., on March 17, 1930.
The couple moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1941, then to Imperial Beach, Calif., in 1943. Both Ova and Thomas went to work for Rohr Aircraft. Ova worked as an assembler, building military and commercial aircraft parts.
Ova retired from Rohr Aircraft in 1975. Thomas died in 1976, shortly after his retirement.
Ova remained in Imperial Beach until 1984 when she moved to Richland to be near her two daughters, Betty Bennett and Retha Allensworth. Ova enjoyed quilting and various other crafts after her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; two brothers, Doyle and Leon Anderson; two sisters, Dura Bohannon and Mabel Lindsay; and one great-granddaughter, Danielle Andrade.
Survivors include her daughters, Retha Allensworth and her husband, George, and Betty Bennett and her husband, Lovell, all of Richland; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and six great- great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley EMT Training Fund or the American Diabetes Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 16, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor