Elaine Joan Stephenson, age 80, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the loving Fidalgo Care Center surrounded by family and friends of the facility.
Elaine was born in Coupeville, WA to Dirk and Johanna Tyhuis. She grew up on a farm with three siblings, Henry (Darlene) Tyhuis, Rita (Robert) Rhodes, and John (Kathleen) Tyhuis. When her father passed, her mother remarried to Hank Zylstra, and she gained four more siblings, Bob, Ray, Mel, and Rodger.
Elaine graduated Oak Harbor High School in 1959 where she met her life-long friends. That same year she met and married Donald Stephenson on September 11, 1959. They welcomed Mark Stephenson on June 1, 1960, followed by Todd Stephenson on April 24, 1961.
She loved to garden, collecting antiques, and attending church.
Her loved ones include, daughters-in-law, Julie (Todd) Stephenson, Julie (William) Danella. Seven grandchildren: Brian Lawrence, Dawn (Aaron) Kittelson, Brittney (Braxton) Lopez, Joey Danella, John Danella, Katherine Danella, and Michael Danella. She had seven great grandchildren: Urijah Lawrence, James Lawrence, Ashton Danella, Elizabeth Danella, Oliver Danella, Evelyn Elaine Kittelson, Nevaeh Lopez, and Valencia Lopez.
A special thanks to Fidalgo Care Center for treating her like family and holding her hand on her final days.
A memorial service for Elaine will take place at Oak Harbor First Reformed Church on October 9, 2021, at 10:00 am. A private graveside service will be held prior to the memorial service at Maple Leaf Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved, Donald.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallin-Stucky Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA.