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Sondra L. Stephens, “Mimi,” went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at Center Point Hospital. Her passing was very unexpected.
A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday August 10th. Her Celebration of Life will follow at 7pm at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence MO.
Sondra was born December 21, 1945, in Kansas City, MO. She was the daughter of Elbert & Fina Shores. She grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Northeast High School in 1963. She graduated from CMSU in 1968 with a Bachelor’s of Education. She taught Health & Physical Education in several school districts over her career, with the final 25 years in Independence, MO before retiring in 2000.
She was proceeded in death by her parents and her daughter Donna Diffey in 2017. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Rex E. Stephens and one son Rex Stephens Jr. (Heidi) of Springfield, MO. Other survivors include John Diffey (Alesha) & grandson Clark Diffey (Hannah) of Blue Springs, MO. Josie Stephens-Cox (Josh) of Yukon, OK, Mitch Stephens (Sidney), Springfield, MO & Macie Stephens, Springfield, MO. One great grandson Barrett Diffey. She also leaves behind her brother Dick Shores (Helen) of Platte City, MO & several very close nieces and nephews.
She was very active at Living Stones Community Church. She was known for her hospitality and cooking for both family and many friends. She was always quick to prepare meals for other families at church and in her neighborhood when there was a need—she served thousands of refreshments at FCA meetings in her home for over 25 years. She was known for her homemade Italian pasta meals and famous brownies among many other great desserts and meals. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren play many sports throughout the years, all around the country.
If you would like to send flowers, please send them to the church, the day of the service.