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Carole Jane (“Susie”) Stephens died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at home in Shawnee, Okla. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 20, the Walker Funeral Home in Shawnee. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Federal Dam, Minn. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Federal Dam, Minn. Susie was born June 4, 1941 in Deer River, Minn. to Hazel (Henderson) Giffen and Andy Giffen. She attended school (grades 1 -8) in Federal Dam and continued her education at the Boy River High School. Susie was a cheerleader for the Boy River Bullets (1955-1959) and was homecoming queen her senior year. She graduated from the Boy River High School in 1959. After graduation, Susie worked as a waitress at various cafes and restaurants in Federal Dam, Bena, and Grand Rapids. She met her future husband, Larry Stephens, while he was working as a Pipeline Inspector for Lakehead Pipeline in northern Minnesota. After their engagement, she moved to Oklahoma City and attended Cosmetology School. Susie and Larry were married July 20, 1962. They made their home in Stillwater, Edmond, Oklahoma City and Shawnee, Okla. During this time, Susie worked at the Bookstore at Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma. Those Susie joins again are her parents, Andy and Hazel Giffen; her husband, Larry Stephens; her brother, Gordon Giffen; her daughter-in-law, Christi Stephens, and her niece, Rochelle Doms. Those left to mourn her passing are her son Scott and Jana Stephens, children Andrew and Ethan Skidmore, Kali Moore, Randi Rae, Morgan Stephens, daughter Holly and Yan Brown and child Eric Brown, daughter Robin and Warren Gale, children Natasha Hart, Rachel Fine, Ciarra Bryant, Todd Gale, and Michael Gale, and nine great grandchildren; brother Garey (Dianne Zuelow) Giffen, sister-in-law, Mary Lou Giffen, nine nephews, four nieces, 14 great nephews, three great nieces and a host of cousins. God Bless the memory of Susie Stephens.
Published on  February 18, 2016
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