Stephens, Ilabelle

July 28, 1925 ~ August 24, 2016

STEPHENS, Ilabelle Rowcliffe (nee Campbell) – Age 91, formerly of RR#1 Brigden. Lovingly surrounded by her family, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia. Beloved wife of the late James “Jim” William Stephens (2011). Loving mother of Scott (Susan) Stephens of Brigden and John (Missy) Stephens of Petrolia. Caring grandmother of Jill Stephens (Craig), Luke Stephens and Oliver Stephens. Survived by sister and brother-in-law Eleanor “Stevie” (Robert) Newman and well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents James and Eva Mae (nee Rowcliffe) Campbell, her sister Jean (Gordon) Armitage and her brother-in-law Barney (Mildred) Stephens. Ilabelle was a life member of the Brigden United Church as well as the U.C.W. and the Plum Creek Community.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Funeral service will take place Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00 am from the funeral home. Interment to follow at Bear Creek Cemetery with Pastor Tim Brown officiating.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Brigden United Church.


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  1. Scott, Susan, John, & Missy: So sorry hear about your Mother. I have many, many, great memories of times spent at your house!!! I am so sorry that I missed the service as I was away and missed the announcements until now. Will catch up with you soon.

  2. Scott,John and families…I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom/Grandma. What a lovely lady she was. You will have lots of fond memories to help keep her close. Rest in peace Belle.

  3. My condolences, John and Oliver on the loss of your mother/grandmother and to the rest of the Stephens’ family. You will never lose your loving memories of Belle. .

  4. Scott and John and families. Deepest condolences on the passing of your mother

  5. Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom….sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. When I was a girl my Mother (Marion Walker Sundquist, Jim and Barney’s cousin in New Buffalo, Michigan) drove me to Brigden to meet the “Canadian relatives.” I remember when Belle and I first met. She greeted me warmly, with an enthusiastic hug, a sweet laugh and smile, and before I even entered the old farm house she asked “are you hungry?” When I think of my visits to Brigden since then, the last in about 2009, I always think of Belle’s sweet laughter and caring heart. She was kind and giving, and made us all (me, my mom, and in later years my husband Dan and our children Anna and Nelli) feel welcomed as family. She will always be cherished in our happy memories of visits to Brigden.

  7. Sorry for the loss of your Mother & Grandmother, sending our condolences to all of the Stephens family. We know you all have wonderful memories of family times with her that you will cherish.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you…. Gary, Lori, Denika & Brigetta

  8. My condolences to your family. I will always remember Belle’s friendly smile. My parents enjoyed some happy times with Belle and Jim!

  9. Oliver , John & Family. Our condolences to you all for your loss. We fondly remember her watching Oliver play hockey. She was a wonderful kind Gramma.

  10. John .Oliver, and family – please accept our condolences at this time – Garland and Pat Mcilwain.

  11. Belle Stephens was the best neighbour I have ever had. My daughter Lynn and I enjoyed our morning visits with her and her awesome homemade jam on toast. Whenever I was not feeling well Belle always came over with one of her delicious homemade pies to cheer me up! Our John and Scott enjoyed each other’s company while we lived on the Second line. May she rest in peace.

  12. Scott and John and families. So very sorry for your loss. I have so many awesome memories of your mother. One of the nicest and sweetest ladies I have known. I am so sorry that I am out of town and unable to pay my respects. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo

  13. On behalf of your friends at VON Sarnia-Lambton. Please accept our condolences during this most reflective time.

  14. So sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish the memories you have. You and your family are blessed that she had a long and wonderful life.

  15. Oliver, Luke and Jill; Scott and Susan. My heartfelt condolences are being sent to my son and his cousins and their parents, on the loss of their Gramma. Belle is with Jim now, and that’s where she always wanted to be, at his side, always and forever. May she rest in peace and forever in the kids hearts know how much she loved them. Sending my best wishes for the wonderful memories that made and that they are always in your hearts.

  16. Scott,John and families, so sorry for your loss, your mom and grandma was one of the sweetest and kindest ladies I ever had the pleasure of knowing. ((((Hugs)))) to you all – Deanna

  17. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and hoping you are cherishing the memories you have to help you through this difficult time.

  18. John & Family,

    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember a very kind & caring lady when she would come to my home for a hair cut when she and your Dad lived at Mid-Valley apartments. Your Dad always enjoyed my little Yorkie, and when I finished her hair the smile on his face was better than payment.

    Take care, Paula Hoskin (Matheson)

  19. So sorry to hear about the passing of Ilabelle . She was a sweet lady and loved to talk and was always so thankful for everything you did for her. Thinking of all the Families at this difficult time . She will be missed by so many. Maureen Bailey from LMV!!

  20. Sending our sympathy from Vancouver. Sorry we will not be able to attend the celebration of Aunt Belle’s life. Glad we had a good visit at her birthday party last summer.

  21. Our sympathy to all the Stephens family on the passing of Ilabelle May cherished memories comfort you at this sad time.

  22. Deepest condolences from our family to yours. Belle was one of our favorite “aunts” alongside “Aunt Jean”. We have fond memories of her, her quiet charm, and especially her engaging laugh.

  23. I’ve known Belle all my life. We were neighbours on the 8th of Bosanquet. She has been my dear friend forever. My condolences to all her dear family. I will miss her.

  24. I am so sorry for your loss. Belle was a wonderful person and you were blessed to have her in your lives.

  25. Our condolences to the family. Bell was a great friend and neighbour when we lived on Second Line. She will be truly missed by her family and friends!