May 27, 1929 ~ November 19, 2009

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

June Murray Stephenson, 80, of 710 Sand Hill Road, died Thursday, November 19, 2009, at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center. A native of Buncombe County, Mrs. Stephenson was a daughter of the late Hershel and Ethel Wyatt Murray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis "Dean" Stephenson. Mrs. Stephenson worked for several area offices and retired as receptionist for M.B. Haynes Electrical Co. She was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Sue Stephenson; sisters, Marie Candler and husband Lewis, and Nancy Skillman; and brother, Robert Murray. A graveside service for Mrs. Stephenson will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Memorials may be made to Memory Care, 100 Far Horizon Lane, Asheville, NC 28803, or to the funeral home to assist with expenses.

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  1. Karen,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how you feel since I have lost mine also. It will be especially hard since the holidays are upon us. You are in my prayers. I can tell you from experience, it will be very hard for awhile. The pain eases away slowly, but you will find there are days where you cry all the time, other days you get through it, but you will always have her on your mind. I want you to remember on Christmas Day, she is having the grandest Christmas of all….. and one day, you will be with her in Heaven. I’ll pray for God to give you strength, peace, and a calm in knowing that June is with Him. God Bless You, Karen.

  2. Dear Karen & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s (sister’s) passing. I worked with June at M.B. Haynes from 1985 to 1992 and she always made me laugh. Many times on our lunch breaks I would ride home with her so we could visit and eat lunch with Ms. Ethel. I only have fond memories of June – she was bright, knowledgeable & insightful with just the right amount of mischievousness to keep things lively. I am very fortunate to have known her and spent time with her. My prayers for you and your family during this time.

  3. Dear Karen and Family:

    I have so many found memories of June. I will miss her very much she always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Dear Karen and Family;

    I remember when June and Mama worked together at Roses. She was always so good to me and Peggy. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. She, You and your Dad are fond memories from my childhood.

  5. Dear Karen,

    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We did not know until Monday morning. We can certainly sympathize with you having lost both of our parents also. It is especially hard for only children, like myself. One of your major pillars of support is now with our Lord. Remember that God is still in control. Lean upon Him. ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ Psalm 34:18. Please call us for anything.

    George & Debbie Shepard

  6. We love you Karen.

    One fun thought about June: I believe she is the reason my mama turned out to be the girly-girl, make-up loving woman she is today. You all have such a special bond and I am so glad you are coming over tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

    With love you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Karen, I am so sorry to hear your Mom had passed. Please send an e mail to me when you have time. Again its been way too long since you and I have talked. God bless you, Robert C Wyatt

  8. Hi Karen, I know it has been a very long time and again I am so so sorry for your loss of your Mom. I remember years ago when your Grand Mother Ethel would call you when you lived I think right behind her. Forgive me, it has been many years. You and I would chat for so long. I would love to hear from you when you feel the time is right for you. My Phone is 623-930-5411 or e mail me at Again I wished I stayed in touch more often. Love to all, Robert Wyatt. Glendale AZ


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