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STEVENS, Theresa Mary
STEVENS, Theresa Mary In Loving Memory Jan. 10, 1922~Jan. 29, 2014 Theresa was born in Los Angeles, Calif. to Gerardo and Ildefonsa Montoya. The family moved to Lancaster in 1927 buying their first 40 acres of undeveloped land near 90th Street West and Ave J. After clearing the land and planting alfalfa, they built their adobe home. The property and home to this day continue to be owned by the family. Theresa attended Del Sur Elementary School from first grade in 1928 through 8th grade graduation in 1936. She continued her education at Antelope Valley High School graduating in 1940. In 1941 Theresa worked at War Eagle Field, Polaris Flight Academy, as a secretary, where the British Royal Air Force (RAF), Canadian Cadets and United States Army Air Force Cadets were trained to fly combat missions during World War II. It was here she met William E. Stevens who was a Ground School Instructor in charge of teaching the Cadets meteorology and aircraft recognition. Theresa and Bill married in September 1950. They lived in Los Angeles where Bill taught school and worked at the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, while Theresa worked for the Pacific Far East Shipping Company. Returning to Lancaster in 1952, Bill resumed teaching and later was Principal at several schools in Lancaster. Theresa became a homemaker raising three children. She enjoyed bowling, needle point, and her many years as an involved parent with the Antelope Valley Swim Club. Theresa also actively contributed her time to the Old Timers Barbeque and the AV High School Reunion Committee. In later years she especially looked forward to her card games with friends Marge, Barb, Kim, Gerri and Dawn. Bill predeceased Theresa in 1992. Surviving to cherish her beautiful memory are her daughter, Roberta and husband Scott Summeril; son, Dean Stevens; daughter, Anita Stevens and Matt Thomas; grandson, Craig Summeril; granddaughter, Kristen and husband Skyler Carleton with new great-grandson, Caden. Theresa was loved by all who touched her life. We will remember her as a mother who loved her family and did everything for us. She had a true heart of gold, a quick wit and always a kind word. Our hearts are broken and she will be greatly missed until we are all together again. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 am, February 7, 2014 at Sacred Heart Church, 565 West Kettering Street, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Save-A-Pet, PO Box 463, Lake Hughes, CA 93532, or to a local animal rescue/shelter of your choice. Joshua Memorial Park, Lancaster

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