Mary Ann Stephenson, 79, Topeka: Oct. 3, 1944 – Dec. 20, 2023 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Mary Ann Stephenson, 79, Topeka: Oct. 3, 1944 – Dec. 20, 2023

TOPEKA, Kan. – Mary Ann Stephenson, 79, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Ernest and Alice (Balocca) Didier.

Mary Ann grew up in Osage City, Kan., graduating from Osage City High School in 1962. Following this, she graduated from nursing school in Topeka. She then lived in Emporia. Mary Ann was a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia.

On Dec. 28, 1965, Mary Ann was united in marriage to LJ Stephenson, in Newkirk, Okla. To this union a daughter was born, Lani.

Mary Ann spent many years taking care of their young daughter at their home in Topeka before starting her career in education. She worked at the Highland Park High School Library, Topeka, until her retirement.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Alice; and by her sister, Dolores Croucher.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, LJ; and her daughter, Lani Stephenson, of Maple Grove, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mary Ann will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon, Kan. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Osage City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Topeka CAT Association or St. Jude’s, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

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