Vera Elizabeth Stevens, 1922-2008
Lee Stevens died of liver cancer in Lakewood, Calif., on Jan. 15. She was 85.
Lee was born Vera Elizabeth Lawson on Sept. 18,1922 in Toronto, Canada. She was born into a creative family, the only child of renowned concert violinist, Vera Barstow, and author William Pinkney Lawson. Her uncle was the Caldecott and Newbury award winning author Robert Lawson.
She married Wayne Stevens and they were married for nearly 56 years before Wayne passed away from cancer. They lived in Grass Valley, Calif., Roswell, N.M., Long Beach, Calif., and retired to Prescott, Ariz.
Lee received her master’s degree in special education from Cal-State Long Beach, and co-authored a book on main-streaming special education children into regular classrooms. Lee found that she had a real talent for working with special education children, and became the special education resource teacher in Brea, Calif.
During their retirement in Prescott, Wayne and Lee made good friends, traveled overseas, joined the Lions and Lioness clubs, and got to know every good restaurant and entertainment center in town. They puttered in their rock garden and bragged to anyone who would listen about their grandchildren ” Joleen, Sean, Keri, Jonathan, McKenzie and Madison ” and their first great-grandson, Gage.
Lee is survived by her son Jerry and his wife Nancy, of Vail; daughter Jacquie and her husband Glen, of Lakewood, Calif.; daughter Andi, and her husband Randy, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and her six grandchildren and great-grandson.