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Mary L. Stephenson


Sunrise: March 21, 1944

Sunset: July 27, 2020

On Monday Evening, July 27, 2020, Mary Louise Tyler Stephenson received her wings to go home and be with the Lord. Although, our hearts are heavy with sadness we rejoice to know she is at peace. Mary Louise Tyler Stephenson was affectionately known as “Mary Louise” by family and “Miss Louise” by neighbors in the Ida Barbour Community
in Portsmouth, VA.

Mary Louise Tyler Stephenson was the daughter of Spurgeon Mitchell Tyler, Sr and Mary Lucille Vaughan Tyler and was born on March 21, 1944. She graduated from C.S. Brown High School in Winton, NC in 1963. She also attended Peninsula Business College in Newport News VA and Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. At an early age she joined New Haven Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, NC. In recent years she was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church where Rev. E. T. Knight presides as pastor. Mary Louise was grateful for her church community and enjoyed participating in and growing through her experiences in Sunday School Mary Louise retired from the Norfolk Naval Base as a Media Specialist. Mary Louise also worked twelve years for Portsmouth Public Schools as a cafeteria worker which lead to her retirement. After retirement, Mary Louise enjoyed going to the Senior Station in Portsmouth, VA, reading her bible, attending church, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grand child. Mary Louise liked to watch the Animal Planet and Tyler Perry’s Madea. She loved the Food Network and gaining ideas to cook meals for her family. She also enjoyed going to concerts, listening to music, dancing, traveling with her friend Lillian Daye and going to the Tyler Flood and Stephenson Family  Reunions.

She was preceded in death by her father, Spurgeon Mitchell Tyler, Sr, mother, Mary Lucille Vaughan, Tyler and brother, Spurgeon Mitchell Tyler, Jr. (June Bug) and a daughter-in-law, Germaine M. Stephenson. She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Lisa D. Stephenson of Chesapeake, VA, and Tammy D. Debnam (Marlon) of Portsmouth, VA.; a son, Joe E. Stephenson, II of Brunswick, GA; two granddaughters, Alena Debnam of Portsmouth, VA and Samantha Stephenson of Brunswick, GA; three grandsons, Joshua Stephenson of Jacksonville, FL, Jeremiah Stephenson of Atlanta, GA and John-
Joseph Stephenson of Brunswick, GA; one uncle, Luther Howard Tyler of Upper Marlboro, MD and a host of cousins and friends.

Viewing Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, August 3, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Barbara Brown says

    Tammy, I am so sorry for the lost of your mother. You and your family have our deepest condolences

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    Norma Sutton says

    Tammy, I was so sorry to hear that Ms. Mary had passed will be praying for the family.

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    Robin Blount says

    Tammy, Joe Joe, and Lisa we are very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We will keep you guys in our prayers. Sending our love Sallie Blount Kids, Jackie, Ann, Jet, James, Calvin and Robin

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    Helen Brown says

    Tammy, I was saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. May you take strength in knowing that God will be with you in your loneliness and He will strengthen you in your time of weakness. I am praying for you and your siblings. ????

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    William, Minnie, Saundra, Keith, Reggy, and Elliot (Lassiter) says

    The Lassiter family (NC) was saddened to hear the passing of your beloved mother. Tammy, Lisa, and Joe Joe. Just hope you know you all are thought about and cared about. We hope that you all find special comfort in knowing that your mom a d all she meant will remain in your hearts forever.

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    Elnora Melvin-Smith says

    Tammy, Lisa, Joe and the entire family; we are praying for God to grant you comfort and strength during these difficult times. Remember, He has promised to never leave or forsaken us. Be Blessed. With Love, Elnora Melvin-Smith (your mother’s co-worker) and family.

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    Yasmin Vaughn says

    To the Stephenson Family
    My name is Denise Vaughn and my mother and I send our deepest sympathies to Lisa, Tammy and Jo Jo and the rest of the family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

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