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LEWISTOWN — Frances Joy Stephens, 78, of Lewistown, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Valle Vista Manor of natural causes.

She was born Sept. 5, 1934, in White Sulphur Springs to parents Elmer and Edna (Stewart) Watson. She lived in White Sulphur Springs until graduating high school in May of 1952. On Dec. 22, 1952, Frances was united in marriage to Marvin Stephens, and they were together for 52 years. They lived in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Alaska and Canada in their early years of their marriage. They finally settled down in Lewistown in 1960, and she lived there the rest of her life. She worked as the Assistant Clerk of Court of Fergus County for many years until her retirement.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and loved to play cards with neighbors and friends. Most of all, she loved doing things with her family. She enjoyed many vacations camping, fishing and boating with the whole gang. She loved family holidays, cooking up some great meals and playing games. She spent countless hours on the those uncomfortable bleachers all over the state watching and supporting her kids and grandkids play sports and perform in school activities.

Frances is survived by her children, Randy (Chris) of Billings, Rob of Forsyth, and Becky Jones of Missoula. She had nine grandchildren: Jeremy, Kari Jo, Jennifer, Christopher, Josh, Heather, Lauren, Kevin and Jared. She also had five great-grandkids: Abby, Chloe, Easton, Treyton and Blaine.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Memorial services for Frances J. Stephens will be Monday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with inurnment to follow in Lewistown City Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorial to the charity of their choice and may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

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