Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


Pauline Gwen "Polly" (McGuire) Stevens

December 4, 1923 - November 14, 2015

Pauline Stevens

Pauline (Polly) Gwen Stevens was born December 4, 1923 near Russellville, AR to Walter G. and Arminda (Henry) McGuire, and passed away November 14, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. The McGuire family moved to Dewey, OK in 1930, where Pauline attended the Dewey Public Schools graduating with the Class of 1942. She worked in Washington, D.C. and Tampa, FL during World War II, later attending William Jewell College, and was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. from 1953 until 1957 as a Tax Clerk . She later worked part-time for the Bridal Gallery where she greatly enjoyed helping brides-to-be with their wedding plans.

Pauline McGuire and Herbert (Herb) Stevens were united in marriage April 24, 1955, in Pittsburg, KS, and they have made their home in Bartlesville for 60+ years. She was active in the First Baptist Church, having a special fondness for the Young at Heart Club obtaining the monthly programs for some 15 years. She and Herb were Directors of the Young Married Sunday School Department for 12 years, and she was chairman of the First Baptist Centennial Cookbook. Polly was a GA Leader for several years at Highland Park Baptist Church and has been blessed to see so many of the girls she mentored become fine Christian wives and mothers. She held memberships in the Salvation Army Auxiliary, Tuesday Club, Literacy Association, Word Weavers Writers, Nimble Thimble Quilters and was a longtime volunteer in the Washington County Republican Party. Polly was an avid Oklahoma City Thunders fan.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 am at First Baptist Church, Bartlesville, with the Pastor James Biesiadecki and Pastor Tom Cox presiding. Following cremation, her ashes will be removed to Pittsburg, KS where graveside services will be held on Thursday, November 19, at 1:30 pm at Highland Park Cemetery with Pastor Michael Hart, Trinity Baptist Church, presiding.

Polly is survived by her husband, Herbert, of the home; her four children, Amy McNay (Robert) of Southlake, TX; Kathy Peterson (Dr. Michael) of Medford Lakes, NJ; Stan Stevens (Jenifer) of Jenks, OK and Mindy Cloninger (Craig) of Pittsburg, KS; eleven grandchildren, Dr. Whitney McNay Johannessen (Jeff), J.W. McNay, Samuel Peterson, Sarah Peterson (Mike Oxman), Jordan Stevens, Grant Stevens, Stephanie Stevens Waller (Keith), Jake Cloninger and Hank Cloninger, Bailey Nixon and Tyler Nixon; five great-grandchildren, Isaac Peterson, Wesley and William Johannessen, and Parker and Alayna Waller, numerous nieces and nephews, special friends Rachel Bailey and Randi Pierce and a host of friends. The family especially thanks Steve, Ashley and Debi of Carter Healthcare & Hospice for their wonderful, compassionate care.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, three brothers, her beloved Mother and Father-in-law, Webb and Ella Stevens, her loving daughter-in-law Jeanna (Cutright) Stevens, and an infant granddaughter, Mayla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, (Owasso Campus) 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK, 73112; CONCERN Foundation of Bartlesville, PO Box 404, Bartlesville, OK 74005; or The Herb and Polly Stevens Family Scholarship at Pittsburg State University, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS, 66762

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