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Jeanette Elizabeth Owen Stevens

Jeanette Elizabeth Owen Stevens, 74, of 1112 Seventh Street, Altavista died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Lynchburg General Hospital.  She was the devoted wife of Billy Jarvis Stevens.

She was born Oct. 26, 1938 in Altavista, a daughter of the late Cabel Peyton Owen and Sterling Gilliand Owen.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and a retired employee of the Lane Company.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Verna Owen, of Altavista; two sisters-in-law, Joanne Tomlin of Rustburg and Shelby Jean Fileger of Deland, Fla.; two nephews, Jimmy Robertson and his wife,  Patricia, and their daughter, Greta Atkins, and her husband, Mike,  and Lynnwood Robertson and his wife, Carol, and their daughters, Kara Robertson and Katie Pruitt, and her husband, Desmond and children Blake and Nora Pruitt; cousins Charlene Saunders, Melisie Hill, Louis Saunders, Earl Saunders, Fred and Marie Gilliand and their son, Freddie; and special friends Dale and Peggy Saunders and Chuck and Dalphine Waller.           

She was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Robertson.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Finch and Finch Chapel, Altavista by Bishop Wayne Murphy and the Rev. Billy Robertson with interment to follow in Altavista Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Finch and Finch Funeral Service, Altavista and other times at the residence.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider the Altavista EMS, P.O. Box 1, Altavista, VA 24517 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1010 Broad St., Altavista, VA 24517.

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