Forney Stephens, 97, died Sunday, February 11, 2007 at Geisinger Medical
Center Danville PA after a short illness. Born Dorothy Louise Forney on
November 24, 1909, Mrs. Stephens lived in Danville PA all her life. She was
born on West Market Street, resided most of her life on West Mahoning Street
and was currently living at Mahoning Terrace Apartments in Danville PA.
Stephens worked many years at Sherman’s Jewelry Store in Danville and was
voted salesman of the year in the early 1960’s. She was an active member of
Mahoning Presbyterian Church and a volunteer at Geisinger Medical Center.
She traveled extensively with her family throughout the United States and
Canada and took her first trip to Europe well into her 70’s. She was an
avid walker, enjoyed knitting, oil-painting and candle making. She adored
chocolates and beautiful views and delighted in the company of her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Stephens was married to H. Benson Stephens in November 1936 and he preceded
her in death on December 24, 1982.
survived by her daughter Carol Carlough of Danville, her son Benson Lee
Stephens of Carolina Beach, North Carolina and her grandchildren Leslie
Carlough of Portland Oregon, Martha Carlough of Durham, North Carolina,
Rebecca Robbins Crider of New York, NY, Jessa Stephens of State College, PA
and Heath Stephens of Eagle Pass, Texas. She is also survived by five
great-grandchildren – Charlotte, Caroline and Christian Crider of New York,
NY and Kestrel and Savannah Carlough of Portland Oregon. She is also
survived by her sister Jean Louise Forney of Danville PA.
Stephens was preceded in death by her sisters; Mary Pickin, Anna Everett,
Bess Johnson, Barbara Conner and Bernice Forney and her brothers Charles
“Sam” Forney and Robert Forney.
family will have a private burial service with her pastor the Reverend
Judson S. Bennett officiating assisted by the Reverend Dr. William L.
Carlough, her son-in-law. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs.
Stephen’s memory may be made to Mahoning Presbyterian Church 218 Ferry
Street Danville PA 17821. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.