Etta Stevens


Mrs. Etta Taylor Stevens, 85, wife of Lawrence H. Stevens Jr., of Townsend, passed away on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. She was born on June 10, 1938, in Accomack County to her parents, the late Leroy Thomas Taylor and Carrie Virginia Taylor.

Etta was a simple and loving woman who raised her four children with her loving husband of 67 years. She was a woman who enjoyed the simple things in life and was never one for material possessions.  She loved gardening, her flowers, her family, animals, cooking, baking, and Jesus.  She was known by many to have a green thumb and would always nurse back to health any plant that she was brought. Her most favorite holiday was Christmas, and she adored the mountains in the fall when the leaves began to change.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy Thomas and Carrie Virginia Taylor; her brother, Roy Thomas Taylor; and her daughter-in-law, Lois Ballard Stevens.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her four children, Larry Stevens, of Cape Charles, L.T. Stevens, of Cape Charles, Lisa Allen (Glen), of Kissimmee, Fla., and Sherry Williams (George), of Newport News. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Nicole Stevens Cummings, of Cape Charles, Thomas Stevens (Ellen), of Portsmouth, John Barker, of Kissimmee, Fla., and Joel Stevens (Sarah), of Ellicott City, Md.

She was also blessed to have six great-grandchildren, Thomas Ryan Stevens, of Chicago, Zachary William Stevens and Sophia Lynn Stevens, of Portsmouth, Benjamin River Stevens, Hannah Jane Stevens, and Luke Wyatt Stevens, of Ellicott City, Md.

A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at 2 p.m., at Capeville Masonic Cemetery in Capeville, with the Rev. Randy Timmerman officiating. Memorials may be made to the North Shore Animal League at 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

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