Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and sister, Coleen Matthews Stephens, died peacefully Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Legacy Village in Taylorsville, Utah.
Coleen was born on April 4, 1934 in Liberty, Idaho to Harvey and Florence Matthews. She learned the value of hard work while growing up on a farm with her parents, 3 brothers and one sister. She loved the Bear Lake valley and treasured her family heritage. Coleen attended Brigham Young University before returning home to work at a local bank. On June 10, 1958, she married her eternal companion Robert Carlyle Stephens of Montpelier, Idaho in the Logan Temple.
Robert and Coleen lived in various states before settling in West Valley City, Utah where they raised their family and served their community for the rest of their lives. Coleen’s greatest joys came from her faith, her work and her family. She held many different callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and supported her husband in a lifetime of church service. She loved to work both inside and outside the home and held several different positions in banking and retail throughout her married years. Coleen’s greatest titles were those of mother, grandmother, and aunt. Her love and sacrifice brought joy to all members of her family and left an example that will remain with us always.
Coleen was preceded in death by her husband Robert; 2 brothers, Sharp and Murray Matthews; and 1 sister, Gail Rich.
She is survived by 1 brother Kelly Matthews (Mary Lynn); 3 sons: Robert M. Stephens (Gayla), Royce B. Stephens (Nancy) and Ryan T. Stephens (Kristine); as well as 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Coleen’s legacy of faith, service, hard work and dedication to family have blessed us all immensely and will stay with us forever. We love you mom and will try every day to be the kind of people you taught us to be.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Granger Ward, 2850 West 3835 South, where a viewing will be held prior to services from 10-11:45 a.m. Interment, Valley View Memorial Park.
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