Dianne Rodgers Stephenson
March 1, 1936 ~ April 6, 2012
Dianne Rodgers Stephenson, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend
Dianne Rodgers Stephenson of Weston, CT, died Friday, April 6, 2012. She was 76 years old.
Born on March 1, 1936 in New York City, Dianne was the daughter of the late Raymond and Anna Rodgers. She graduated in 1953 from New York’s Garden Country Day School. She then received her undergraduate degree in Education from Duke University in 1957. Immediately after graduation, she married 2LT Richard E. Stephenson in the West Point Chapel. She taught various elementary classes as she travelled with her husband in their military career. During their 55 year marriage they moved over 32 times. One of her many gifts was the ability to make a home out of each of these temporary stops along the way, however short. She was renowned for her gracious entertaining, all the more remarkable as she had no family history of military life. Her remarkable gift for friendship, loyalty, and her love of life was naturally contagious, leaving an enduring legacy for all that followed.
She is survived by her loving husband of over 55 years, MG Richard E. Stephenson, (US Army Ret.), her two children and their spouses, Richard E. Stephenson II, his wife Aimee and Al and Tracy Viana, as well as her six grandchildren, Richard E. Stephenson III, Evangelina Grace Stephenson and William, Robert, Joseph and Katherine Viana.
Her own words: “I was here. I had a great time. I had a wonderful marriage, children, grandchildren and friends. That’s all.”
There was a celebration of her life, graveside, at Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport, Ct., on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1300. A small reception with friends was also held to extend the celebration, which Dianne would have loved.
Dianne asked that any/all interested make a donation in her name to the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarship Foundation; www.quad-a.org, or Caringbridge.org,; a nonprofit site connecting family and friends when health matters most; or to the National Football Foundation, National Capital Chapter, c/o Mr.Gerald Mitchell, President, Secretary, 6108 Glen Oaks Ct, Springfield, VA 22152. All three are non-profit, tax deductible charities. They foster academic excellence and athleticism at the secondary school/collegiate levels. Any charity of one’s choice is obviously encouraged. No flowers, please.