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Dolores Ruth Stebbins

Dolores Ruth Stebbins

Dolores Ruth Stebbins of Little Rock passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the age of 80. She was born August 18, 1930, to Charles Hopper and Alice Carmical Hopper of Little Rock, who preceded her in death.

Dolores grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock High School in 1948. Following high school, Dolores worked at the old Prospect Theater in Hillcrest and was even a secretary for Witt Stephens during his early business years. Dolores met her future husband Richard Stebbins while they were at LRHS and they married in 1954. Together, Dolores and Richard had four sons, Charles Richard Stebbins II, Brian Howard Stebbins, David Aaron Stebbins and Robert Bruce Stebbins. Following her husbands death in 1971, Dolores spent her time raising her four sons and eventually returned to work for the Arkansas Arts Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage where she served as receptionist for more than 25 years.

She is survived by her sons, Charles Richard (Rick) Stebbins and his wife Donna of Phoenix, Arizona; Brian Howard Stebbins and his wife Pam, and Robert Bruce Stebbins and his wife Kay, all of Little Rock. Her son David Aaron Stebbins preceded her in death in 1991. Dolores will always be remembered as Grandma Dosie by her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer Dolores Stebbins of Phoenix, Charles Garrett Stebbins, Katherine Dean Stebbins, Laura Lindsey Stebbins and Anna Caroline Stebbins all of Little Rock, Evelyn Ardell Green of Poyen and Melissa Rose Stebbins of Phoenix, as well as many other relatives and close friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 West Markham Street in Little Rock. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 16th, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock with the Rev. Dr. Russell Snapp officiating. The family requests that memorials be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral or a favorite charity. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home,

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"I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Stebbins passing away. She was family to me. I know my mom talked to her every single day. She was my mom's best friend in the entire world and will be deeply missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie Brunner"

Stephanie Brunner | Nashville, TN |

"I was fortunate to work with this fine lady at AAC from 1975-84, and I will always remember her fondly. Please know that her family is in our prayers."
Patrick Murphy | Little Rock, AR |

"Evelyn, So sorry for the loss of YOUR grandmother. My heart goes out to you and your sisters "
Pam clark | Malvern, AR |

"Lynn i am so sorry for yours and your sister loss may your grandma rest in peace"
Ricki Wood | Traskwood, AR, AR |

"Lynn (Evelyn),
I am so sorry for your loss; it is so difficult to accept the passing of someone so influential in your life. Just know that you, your parents, and your sisters are all in my prayers. You all have my deepest condolences.

Julie Clift-Hays | Malvern, AR |

"Our sympathies go to the family... Namely the grandchildren left behind, Evelyn, Melissa, and Jennifer. We love you all. "
Phillip and Jena Woodson | Beebe, AR |

"So sorry Ricky, Donna, Lynn, Melissa and Jenny. I know you guys will me her. Ricky - I can't imagine the pain associated with losing a mom. Girls - I have lost a grandmother and I know what you're going through. You can sleep nights though knowing that you have another angel on your shoulder."
Debbie Moore | LaPorte, TX |

Jennifer Dolores Stebbins | Phoenix, AZ |

"Evelyn, Melissa, & Jennifer,
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your grandmother. Its hard to understand some things that happen during this horrible time, but be assured she will greet you all with open arms when the time comes!
Will be praying for peace of mind for you girls!
Lots of love and peace!

Renee byers | Conway, AR |


Donna Stebbins | Phoenix, AZ |

"Dolores was the only Grandmother I've ever known, the only Grandparent I've ever known. I may not be Stebbins by blood, but someone thought I was at least worthy of the name; Dolores always gave me as much love and praise as she did her other Grandchildren. She never let me feel left out in any way. I remember a time when the same was true for all my relatives in Little Rock. Now I'm wondering if the love I was shown as a child was fraudulent. I suppose I could be to blame, I took a wrong path and let down those that cared for me. Some lost faith in me, although My Grandmother always encouraged me to get my education, and even helped me pay for my GED test. Now I'm persuing my dreams, and headed in the right direction. I'm so glad that I was finally able to hear her tell me that she was proud of me! My name is Melissa Rose Stebbins, and Dolores Stebbins will always be my Grandmother."
Melissa Stebbins | Phoenix, AZ |

"Bob and I send our deepest condolences to the family. My thoughts are prayers are with each of you during this time of grief.

I only met Delores a few time but have always heard wonderful things about her from everyone that knew her.

I have known Rick, Donna and their 3 daughters: Evelyn, Melissa and Jennifer forever and love you all!"

Sharon Leonard | Little Rock, AR |

"I worked with Delores at the Dept of Arkansas Heritage for many years. She always had words of encouragement or told us something silly to laugh at. I will remember her fondly and offer my prayers for your family. "
Susan Smith | North Little Rock, AR |

"I am so sorry Brian for the loss of your mother.Your entire family is in the prayers and thoughts of Jim and I. Although I never knew her personally, I know she must have been a wonderful woman because she raised a fine man in you. May she rest in peace. Love you guys! "
Margaret Reinold | Conway, AR |

"My deepest sympathy to you, Robert, and your family. Please know, dear friend, that you're all in my thoughts and prayers...a very difficult and deeply painful event to deal with...breathe deeply and take it one day at a time. Keep the faith."
Bernie Turgeon | Little Rock, AR |

"I worked with Dolores at the AAC and have so many wonderful memories of her. She was a kind, generous and warm person, and always thoughtful of everyone else. My thoughts and condolences to her family."
Mary Fowler | Boulder, Colorado |

My condolences on the loss of your Grandmother.
Hope you are ok.

Ty Moore | Conway, AR |

"Dolores was an angel who will be very missed by all who knew her. She saved me many times as a teenager and was a mother to so many of us who were friends with Rick and who hung out at her house back in the late 60's & early 70's. It was an honor to know such a wonderful woman.

All the family members are in my thoughts and prayers, especially Rick & Donna, my dear friends! I wish there were adequate words to help ease the pain you are feeling. What I do know is that memories will help ease the pain & time will also help heal the pain.

God Bless,
Pam Bronson Gordon"

Pam Bronson Gordon | Tucson, AZ |

"Robert and family,
I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and that you are in our prayers.
Jerry and Kay Shurgar"

Jerry Shurgar | Little Rock, AR |

"Just wanted to add my condolences. Dolores was special to me during high school, always someone to confide in, always someone who cared about who you really were. She was never judgmental. I will never forget her taking me with the family on an excursion to Padre Island. I can always remember the year because we watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on a crusty old TV set in a Corpus Christi hotel room. I will always remember Dolores with love and affection."
William Poe | Silver Spring |

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