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Charlene Elizabeth Stevens

04/01/1956 - 11/18/2023

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Obituary For Charlene Elizabeth Stevens

Charlene Elizabeth Stevens, also known affectionately as Cha, was born on Easter Sunday, April 1st, 1956, in Shellman, Georgia, where she fortunately escaped the name Easter May. She gained her beautiful wings on Saturday, November 18th, 2023.

Charlene was born and attended school in Shellman, Georgia, until the family relocated to Milton, Delaware. She was educated through the Cape Henlopen School District. She began working in various food manufacturing industries and hospitality industries. Later in life, she helped raise her grandkids whom she loved dearly. She also enjoyed spending time with her mother, cooking, dancing, listening to music, and taking care of family and friends.

Charlene was also a former member of Bethel AME Church, Milton, Delaware, and sang in the choir. Charlene spoke to everyone she encountered with a “hello darling” or “sweetheart” whether she knew them or not. When she left you, she always told you that she loved you. She could walk into any room with her infectious smile, especially once she got her gold tooth stating, “I’m stunting like my daughter now.” When she passed, she was working as a home health aide helping Mrs. Betty and her dog. Benny in Pot-Nets, Delaware.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents Mary F. Stevens and Willie B. Steward; her twin brothers, Odell who died at a young age, and Lardell (Inez); her sister, Wyonia Stevens; niece, Linda Cook; nephew, Brandon Kimbrough; two brothers-in-law, James Watts, with whom she shared birthday parties with and Jimmy Green who helped her and the family move to Delaware; and stepdad, Jason Winstead showed her how to garden.

Charlene is survived by her children whom she loved dearly, Cynthia A. Mitchell of Ellendale, DE, Shandra L. Stevens of Ellendale, DE, and Eric D. Stevens of Ellendale, DE; her “favorite” son-in-law, Thomas S. Mitchell of Ellendale, DE; her handsome grandsons, RaShawn O. Stevens and Jalen L. Stevens, both of Milford, DE; her beautiful granddaughters, Janiya L. Stevens of Ellendale, DE, Avery J. Banks of Wilmington, DE, and Nielle E. Stevens of Slaughter Beach, DE; The showstoppers of her life were her great-granddaughters, Amiyah A. Stevens of Georgetown, DE, Nevaeh N. Stevens of Milford, DE, Keyara A. Johnson of Ellendale, DE, Kamina R.M. Stevens of Milford, DE, and the great-granddaughter she never had the chance to hold, Chyna R.M. Stevens of Milford, DE; Also left behind are her sisters, Sandra Watts of with whom she shared a special bond with and her twin sisters Teretha Stevens, both of Milford, DE and Benetha Stevens of Salisbury, MD. There are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that we would love to acknowledge but there are so many names to mention that we would be here all day. Please know that we appreciate everyone who has helped us through this difficult time and that we love you.

Services

9 Dec

Interment

Milford Community Cemetery 850 N. DuPont Blvd. Milford, DE 19963 Get Directions »
9 Dec

Funeral Service

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Philadelphia Pentecostal Church (Ellendale) 13724 S. Old St. Ellendale, DE 19941 Get Directions »
9 Dec

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

Philadelphia Pentecostal Church (Ellendale) 13724 S. Old St. Ellendale, DE 19941 Get Directions »
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  • 11/30/2023

    To the best mother, daughter, sister aunt and friend. We love you and miss you every day, love Vern.

  • 11/30/2023

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Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. "Necessary" may not be the right word; but there's no doubt flowers at a funeral or other end-of-life ceremony serve many valuable purposes including a means of a visual expression of sympathy, love and respect or a means of lending support.

What's involved in preparing the body for viewing at a visitation or funeral?

The preparation of the deceased can involve a number of different tasks performed by trained and licensed embalmer and restorative artists. Without going into too much detail; the body is temporarily preserved by embalming, refrigeration, or a combination of the two. It is washed, dressed and otherwise groomed; then placed in the chosen casket for viewing. Should you wish to know more about the process, contact us. There are also many excellent articles online describing the process in greater detail.

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Human beings are interesting creatures: sometimes we need to see in order to truly believe. It's a way of confirming the fact that, indeed, this individual is dead; but it's also an opportunity to say your "good-byes". You may find it a cathartic time where you can quietly share a long-held secret, let go of any anger or resentment, and otherwise come to terms with their death.

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Must I wear black to the funeral ceremony?

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