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.