Patty Lou Stevens, age 75, of Essex, passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Patty was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Grant City, Mo; the daughter of James Basil and Helen Maxine (Sportsman) Fones.  She graduated from the Hamburg High School with the class of 1960.
She was united in marriage to Robert Lewis Stevens on Dec. 12, 1959, in Logan and to this union four children were born:  David, Diana, Dena and Donna..
She worked for many years at the former Interstate Nursery in Hamburg and later at Henry Field Nursery in Shenandoah.  She also worked at CDS in Red Oak as well as Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah.
She is survived by her husband Robert Stevens of Essex; children:  David Stevens and wife Susan of Essex; Dena Sons and husband Bill of Shenandoah, and Donna Olson and husband Don of Essex; seven grandchildren:  Matthew Stevens and fiance Tracy Gastineau, Andrea Scharp, Stephanie Neve and husband Steve, Adam Courtier, Justin Sons and wife Ashlyn, Ashleigh Sons and special friend Elliot Smith and Haileigh Olson; four great-grandchildren:  Jameson and Samuel Neve, Stella Scharp and Jaelyn Sons; other family and friends.
Patty was preceded in death by infant daughter, Diana Stevens; her mother Maxine and two sisters:  Phyllis Buttercase and Donna Bengtson.
A Memorial Service was to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rick Sons officiating.  The family was to greet friends prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Private inurnment services were to be held at Mt. Olive Cemetery near Hamburg. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Rash-Gude Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.