Annette Stephenson, 71

Annette Stephenson, 71, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Annette was born Jan. 24, 1943 in Ogden, Utah to John Barron Edward and Donna Malan.  She attended grade school in Sumatra, Mont. and high school in Melstone, Mont.  She went on to continue her education at Brigham Young University and Idaho State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Education.  She lived most of her life in the Blackfoot area, including Tabor and Wapello.
Annette married Kay Verl Stephenson.  They were later divorced.
She worked over 30 years for the Blackfoot School District as both a second and third grade teacher.  In her free time she enjoyed reading, book clubs, crocheting, playing piano, baking and watching NASCAR until Dale Earnhardt died. 
She was a very devoted mother to many and as a grandma she was very involved with her grandchildren’s activities and life.  She had a special gift of making each person she loved feel special.  She touched many lives.
Annette was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had just been released as Primary president. 
She is survived by her children, John (Staci) Stephenson of Atomic City, Mathew J. (Colette) Stephenson of Blackfoot, Daniel Edward (Lisa) Stephenson of Wapello, Buff Joel (Stacey) Stephenson of Moreland, KayAnn (Kevin) Hayes of Rose and Ren Justin (Loretta) Stephenson of Blackfoot; brothers, Brent (Judy) Edward of Atlanta, Georgia and Ross (Jeanette) Edward of Leonardtown, Maryland; 26 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Annette was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Barr Edward; and great- granddaughter, Tulip Cervantes.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.  Family will meet with friends and relatives from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014 and for one hour prior to services at Hawker Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Blackfoot Community Players, PO Box 1002, Blackfoot, Idaho 83221.