Carol Deene (Porter) Stevens passed away July 26 at age 100 at her home at Clark Retirement Community. She was predeceased by her husband Ray E. Stevens, Jr. DDS in 2017. She was born to Clare O. Porter and Mabel George Porter on December 4, 1918 and is survived by her three sons, David R. Stevens (Betty) of Edgewood, NM, Frederic P. Stevens (Maureen) of Grand Rapids and Scott S. Stevens of Traverse City, five grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also predeceased by her sister Jean Schlee Clark and brother Dale G. Porter. Carol Deene received her BA degree from Miami University (Ohio) and worked for the Grand Rapids Press, the American Red Cross and the US Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD during WWII and later was actively involved with the West Michigan Dental Auxiliary, the Waters Guild and Minnie Cumnock Guild at Blodgett Hospital, and Women’s City Club. She served as Chair of Emeritus Board of Emeritus College (Aquinas College) and Chair of the Michigan Youth Symphony, University of Michigan. She and Ray were most recently members of Ada Congregational Church.
An accomplished photographer and pianist she enjoyed nothing more than travelling the country with Ray to find that perfect photo and in her spare time teaching children and young people the joy and satisfaction of playing the piano.
Carol will be buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, MI next to Ray in a private family service. For those wishing to make a memorial donation, the family suggests the Clark Retirement Community or a charity of their choice.
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Clark Retirement Community Benevolent Fund
1551 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506