Elizabeth True Stevens
Elizabeth True Stevens, known by many as Lee, passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, in Mercer Island, Wash. She was 81 years old. She was living on Mercer Island, having moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, three years ago to be close to her two sons.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2018, at St. James United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, with a friends and family gathering at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument to play afterward.
Elizabeth was born in Armada, Mich., on Feb. 21, 1936, to Edith and Frank True. She was raised on a farm with her four siblings, Martha, Mary, Jack and Janet.
Elizabeth attended Armada High School, where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class, and received her Bachelor of Arts in music education from Michigan State University. She married Don Stevens in 1958, and they moved to Pasadena, Calif., Holland, Michigan and then El Dorado, Ark., before finally settling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Elizabeth was a talented musician and a dedicated teacher. She served as the choir director at Cedar Hills Community Reformed Church, then as music director and organist at First Baptist Church, and then later at St. James United Methodist Church. Elizabeth taught band at All Saints and St. Pius X elementary schools, and gave private trumpet and piano lessons to hundreds of students throughout her career. She was a popular accompanist for city and state music contests because she could play the difficult pieces and still follow a soloist sympathetically. She was a composer, and some of her arrangements are still played at St. James.
In her retirement, Elizabeth enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke's Hospital and playing French horn with the New Horizons Band. She made annual trips to the U.K., first to Wales and then England, to spend time with her grandchildren and her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Nigel. She also regularly visited her son, David, and her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Karen, and their son. Elizabeth was a devoted mother and grandmother, and took great pride in her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by two of her siblings, Jack True of Stillwater, Minn., and Mary Dooley of Mankato, Minn.; her daughter, Barbara Douglas, who lives in Beaconsfield, England; and her two sons, David Stevens and Scott (Karen Uffelman) Stevens, both residing in Seattle, Wash. Elizabeth also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Rachel Douglas in Manchester, England, Sam Douglas in Uppsala, Sweden, Ruth Douglas in Dakar, Senegal, Jonathan, Hannah and David Douglas, all in Beaconsfield, England, and Silas Uffelman-Stevens of Seattle, Wash.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her two parents, Frank and Edith; and her two sisters, Martha Field and Janet Robertson.