Dorothy E. Stephens

March 15, 1943 ‒ May 08, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Dorothy E. Stephens, age 76, of Fredericktown, Ohio, received her room in the mansion with streets paved of gold, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. She was born on March 15, 1943 in Saint Louis, Michigan the daughter of Claude and Thelma (Aldrich) Lawrence.

Dorothy endured a lot in her life time, but it was those things that created the strong woman she was.  She enjoyed the simple things life offered and nothing was more important than spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.  She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Dorothy is survived by her seven children; Teresa Stephens of Montgomery, Alabama, Lori (Jessie) Watts of Howard, Kimberly (Louis) Lawson of Venice, Florida, Danelle Pantaleon of Las Vegas, Nevada, Raymond (Summer) Stephens III of Howard, Justin (Ashley) Stephens of Howard and Todd (Tammie) Stephens of Howard; eighteen grandchildren;  Kirstie Wilson, Zach Wilson, Angela Lawson, Joshua Lawson, Deanna Lawson, Arianna Pantaleon, America Stephens, Cameron Stephens, Laiden Mathews, Oweda Mathews, Kamdin Mathews, Nathan Boyd, Kylie Stephens, Gavin Stephens, Liam Stephens, Carver Stephens, Rylie Stephens, Braylynn Stephens;a great granddaughter, Vivian Bair; two brothers, Harley Lawrence of Dayton and Ed (Marilyn) Lawrence of Kent, Michigan.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters; Sonny Lawrence, Wayne Lawrence, Gene Lawrence, Allen Lawrence, Wes Lawrence, Carol Fales and Sue Buchin and son-in-law, Don Wilson.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 E. College Street, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m.  Pastor Chuck Hagy will be officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

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  • Dorothy will be very much missed by all of us. We loved her wit and love of family at all the holidays and birthday parties. Sending all of you God’s peace and sincerest condolences.

    Chris and Tom

  • Even though I didn’t know Dorothy very well I did know of her through those that loved her. I suppose you can consider me and extended part of the family so I was one of many that attended some family gatherings. My memory of Dorothy will be her cheerful smile she always greeted you with and the warmth she shared with others. I know her family will miss her terribly.

    Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May the Lord Bless her and keep her in his loving arms.

    Aunt Lesa , Uncle Scott & Family

  • To the family and friends of Dorothy Stephens always cherish the fond memories of time spent together and although you may grieve the Bible can be a source of comfort. At (Revelation 21:3,4) it speaks of a time when there will be no more sickness or death, also at (Acts 24:15) it speaks of a resurrection that we all can look forward to. May the peace and love of the God of all comfort be with you all. For more on the wonderful resurrection hope please visit and type in resurrection in the search tab.

  • My gosh, your mom was such a wonderful lady! I’ll never understand how she did so much with so little! She always treated my sister and I like her own and she will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you all!

  • Dear Lori and family, our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers for you all in this extremely difficult time. The loss of a parent is always painful and will always take a piece of your heart. But hopefully all of you will remember the good times and the memories of all she meant to you. We hope this will eventually bring joy and smiles of the good times you all shared. She is with the Lord and that should bring peace of mind. God bless you all and may she RIP.

    Love, Bob and Michelle Clemens

  • Our condolences to the Stephens family! Dorothy will truly be missed. Had a lot of fun with her at family functions where she was always witty and would shock you and make you laugh . She was a tough lady which makes it hard to believe that she is gone. All our love and prayers to you all!!’

    Jeff and Glenda Stump