Stella Catherine Cosephens, daughter of the late Richard Esarey and Anna Barks Esaraey, was born November 28, 1917, in Bernie, Missouri. She passed away January 4, 2003, at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 6 days. She was married to Elvis Costephens on August 24, 1936.
Her husband: Elvis Costephens of Holcomb, Missouri.
One daughter: Lucille Liles and her husband, Pete, of Corning, Ark.
One daughter-in-law: Shirley Costephens of Malden, Missouri.
Two brothers: Dean Esarey of Sikeston, Missouri and Curtis Esarey of Brighton, Illinois.
One sister: Mary Cato of Puxico, Missouri.
Five grandchildren: Delane Liles and his wife, Missy, of Corning, Arkansas, David Liles and his wife, Debbie, of Trumann, Arkansas, Judy Berry and her husband, Rodney, of Malden, Missouri, Buford Costephens, Jr. and his wife, Holly, of Kennett, Missouri and Dean Costephens of Malden, Missouri.
Six great-grandchildren: Chris and Erica Berry of Malden, Missouri, Mitchell and Colin Costephens of Kennett, Missouri, Jason Liles of Corning, Arkansas and Hillary Gould of Trumann, Arkansas.
Other relatives and many friends.
Mrs. Costephens was preceded in death by one son, Buford Costephens, Sr.; one grandson, Terry Costephens; one brother, Albert Esarey and one sister, Edna Scowden.
She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Kennett, Missouri.
Visitation was 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, January 6, at McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett, Missouri.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at McDaniel Chapel in Kennett, Missouri, with the Revs. Brian Johnson and Dale Shoup officiating.
Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett, Mo.
Pallbearers were Delane Liles, David Liles, Burford Costephens, Jr., Dean Costephens, Rodney Berry and Chris Berry.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Webb, Frankie Campbell, Jimmy Blankenship, Orville Alsup and Tommy Crawford.