Helen Stephens celebrates 90th birthday

Staff reports

Helen Stephens of Aledo celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 26, 2009.

She was was born Sept. 26, 1919, the daughter of George and Lela Nesbitt Smith in Preemption Township.

She married Gerald Stephens Jan. 1, 1941. He is deceased. Her children are: Judi (Ronnie) Bonynge, Andalusia; Jim (Beth) Stephens, Aledo. Her grandchildren are Lisa (Chuck Gysi) Stephens, Aledo, Jeff Stephens, Aledo, Pam (Justin) Dilly, Moline. Her great-grandson is Raef Stephens, Viola. She has a niece, Dixie (Bill) Krueger, Delray Beach, Fla., and a number of great-nieces and nephews. She also has a sister, Ethel "Tommy" Greer, Aledo.

She is a lifelong resident of Mercer County, a 60-year member of D.A.R. (Daughters of American Revolution), A member of Oakview Country Club, a die hard Cubs fan, she enjoys playing golf, bowling and watching all sports events.

Helen is a member of Sunbeam Presbyterian Church.