Wilma Joan Stevens

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wilma Joan Stevens

Sept. 20, 1931 - Aug. 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Wilma Joan Stevens, 83, passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Des Moines.

"Jo," as she was known by everyone, was born in Cambridge, Nebraska, on the 20th of September, 1931, to Cordy and Geraldine Kester.

In 1953, she married Vaughn Stevens, also of Cambridge and in 1961, they moved their family from McCook to Des Moines. In 1966, she went to work for Bankers Life, which would later become Principal Financial. She remained employed there until her retirement in 1992.

Jo had a tremendous love for the arts and was a member of the Civic Music Association in Des Moines. She enjoyed singing with the chorus at work and she and Vaughn attended most of the major Broadway musicals and jazz performances that stopped in Des Moines.

She is survived by her children, Jane Stevens of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kaye Marasco of Indianola, Iowa, and Jim Stevens (Stacy) of Des Moines; brother, Phil Kester (Marilyn) of Moline, Illinois; sister, Susan Jereske (Ted) of Fort Collins, Colorado; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Vaughn; her parents; granddaughter, Molly Huss and grandson, Andy Marasco.

Services will be Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Lockenhour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.