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
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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevens family. Our family parked in Betty's yard during football season for almost 30 years. She was always so kind and generous to our tailgating group and a true Hawkeye fan! We will miss her.

Posted by Laura Leonard - Des Moines, IA - Friend   March 24, 2016

I will miss our conversations and her humorous comments on current events and also our recollections about our family. Bill always enjoyed our visits with her too. I am so glad she was able to lead a pretty independent life thanks to George and Bayard. It's hard to put into words how sad I am and how much I will miss Cousin Betty.

Posted by Judy Cooper - Chandler, AZ - Family   March 23, 2016

To the Stevens Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my visits with her during football season and appreciated her hospitality in letting us park in her yard during the season. We will miss Betty.

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2016

Betty was an easy person to have a pleasant conversation with. We each enjoyed living in our small homes in the University Heights neighborhood. I admired her for completing law school in her later years. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Tom Curtis - La Mesa, CA - Acquaintance   March 22, 2016

Betty's intellect, combined with her wit, certainly enhanced 101 JH. It was a privilege to be in her company. In recent years, I always enjoyed running into her at one of her bridge venues and catching up with her.

Posted by Valia Dentino - IA - Coworker   March 22, 2016

We will both remember Betty fondly, for her friendship with our father and for the excellent bridge games (and lessons) we had from her over the years.

Posted by Dave and Julie Bosserman - Scottsdale, AZ - Friend   March 20, 2016

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