Betty J. Stevens

  • Born: October 18, 1926
  • Died: March 18, 2016
  • Location: University Heights, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

gayandciha@gayandciha.com
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family


Betty Jean Stevens passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 18th at her home in University Heights.

She was for many years an employee of the University of Iowa in the Office of the President, serving both Presidents Howard Bowen and Willard Boyd. She later completed a JD at the University of Iowa College of Law. She earned a reputation on campus as a rapid solver of New York Times crossword puzzles, earning the respect of the aforementioned University Presidents who learned to just wait until she completed that morning's puzzle before bothering her with any interruptions. An avid duplicate bridge player she bid and made several slams and grand slams, one as recently as last week.

She leaves behind a grieving son, George Craig Stevens of Charleston, SC and a very good friend and bridge partner Bayard Bosserman of Iowa City.

An informal visitation will be held at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service on Wednesday the 23rd from 10 am until noon. A memorial celebration for Betty will be part of the regularly scheduled performance of the Burlington Street Bluegrass Band at The Mill (120 East Burlington Street) on Wednesday evening the 23rd starting at 7 pm.