Julia “Eloise” Stephens, 87, of Taylorville passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Taylorville.  She was born on June 26, 1930, the daughter of Julian A. and Vivian L. (Rine) Sautelet.  She married Jack R. Stephens on May 2, 1948 in Taylorville.  He preceded her in death on December 15, 1998.  Eloise was a homemaker and a member of the Jehovah Witness Church.    She had a love for flowers and birds and belonged to the local flower club.  She and Jack enjoyed many years of camping and traveling together.  
Eloise is survived by her children: Greg Stephens, Yvonne Roberts, and David Stephens all of Taylorville; grandchildren: Stephanie Funderburk, Chad Roberts, Mindy Stephens, Nick Stephens, Renee Grieme, and Kayla Stephens; great-grandchildren: Carley Funderburk, Tessa Funderburk, Maxx Grieme, and Jaxxen Grieme; sisters: Mary Lou Millman, Joyce Snyder, and Janet Chamness all of Taylorville and Nancy Sautelet of St. Peters, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother: Keith Sautelet.
Mrs. Stephens will be cremated, and a private family memorial service will be held officiated by Doug Chamness.  Inurnment will take place in Glen Haven Cemetery in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.  Memories of Eloise, or condolences to the family may be left online at

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