La Verne B. Stephens, age 84, of Russell Springs

La Verne B. Stephens, of Russell Springs, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Fair Oaks Nursing Facility, in Jamestown.  She was 84 years of age.

La Verne was born on February 6, 1937, in the Webbs Crossroads community of Russell County, daughter of the late Oris and Agnes Smith Beane.  She retired after 22 years of teaching Special Education at Russell Springs Elementary School.  La Verne loved the outdoors and in warm weather, would be found outside tending a garden, working in flowers or pulling weeds.  She was an animal lover, and was especially fond of her cats.  La Verne was an avid reader and enjoyed working her crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (and Debbie) Stephens, of Jamestown, Lanny Stephens, of Russell Springs, and Kyle (and Judy) Stephens, of Russell Springs; her daughters, Shannon (and Norm) Biller, of Lexington, and Deidre (and Steve) Richardson, of Russell Springs; her grandchildren, Ryan (and Sara), Kynna, Keli (and Jeremy), Jonn, Khari, Seth and Samantha (and Ben); and several great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, La Verne is preceded in death by her husband, Urias “Deedle” Stephens, Jr., who passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014; and her sister, Marlene Smith.

Funeral services are 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Bernard Funeral Home, with Bro. Carroll Egnew officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Monday, July 26, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Bernard Funeral Home, and after 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, until time for services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.

La Verne B. Stephens’ arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at

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