Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Jilcott Stephenson, age 88 died at the Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, NC on Monday, June 28, 2010. She was a native of Bertie County and a member of the Sandy Run Baptist Church in Roxobel, NC. Mrs. Stephenson was married to Garland Early and to that marriage was born two daughters. They lived in Norfolk, VA for some time until she and the girls moved back to the home place in Roxobel in the early 1950’s. Mrs. Stephenson was married to the late Robert ‘Poodlum’ Stephenson in 1956 and to this marriage was born another daughter. She enjoyed her flowers, hats and simply lived life to the fullest. She and her daughter Theresa owned and operated the Hit and Miss Shop in Roxobel where she taught ceramics. She also loved working with stained glass. In her later years at the age of eighty she developed a love of painting. She accomplished over one hundred paintings enjoying this hobby right up to becoming ill on Sunday.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Robert ‘Poodlum’ Stephenson, her mother and father, Effie Jenkins Jilcott and Rupert Wadsworth Jilcott, Sr. and her two brothers; Hal and Rupert ‘Shorty’ Jilcott, Jr.
Survivors include three daughters; Effie Early Vick of Kelford, NC, Theresa Early Parker and her husband Thomas of Roxobel, NC and Tena Kay Stephenson and her husband Bill Dillon of Tobaccoville, NC. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Sharon Rose, Ray Parker, Lisa Evans and Renee’ Baker and eight great grandchildren; Jacob, Matthew and Samuel Rose, Wayne Ray Parker, Amelia and Leah Evans and Luke and Gracie Baker.
What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman who lived life to the fullest… As we looked at the memorial video, we were able to see a glimpse of a woman who was not afraid to live, nor allow her age to hold her back. We salute her life, legacy, and the flame still burns bright. To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD. She continues to live life with the fervent fire she lived upon earth, in heaven. For those whom she left behind, we share in your hurt and rejoice in your happiness; you shall see her again. II Samuel 12:22-23 A special hello to Tena & Bill; and the entire family- dry your tears she is well…
Effie, Theresa & Tina
I am so sorry you lost your mother, I know what a difficult time it is for you.
I have so many memories of Roxobel and Kelford and all the people who made it what it was. Your mom was such a sweet lady and one that will never be forgotten.
Would love to hear from you, I live in Minn. now, near Robin and her husband…
She was a very special spunky little lady!!!! I was honored to get to know her! For such a little bitty thing… she sure was bigger than life, and “always” made me smile! Rest well dearheart! You will be missed.
Elizabeth loved to be on the road going somewhere.
I have good memories of when Elizabeth, Effie, and I along with as many others as could get into the car would head out to Greenville, “the big city,” for a day of shopping, eating and many times a movie if we could fit it into the mix.
To the Family of Elizabeth Jilcott Stephenson:
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear love one, Ms. Stephenson.
It is my sincere hope that you find comfort in knowing that our loving Creator, Jehovah God, has made provision to release mankind from sin and death by means of the ransom sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. God assures us of the ‘Resurrection Hope’ as follows:
(Acts 24:15) 15 and I have hope toward God… that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.
(1 Corinthians 15:21-22) 21. For since death is through a man, resurrection of the dead is also through a man. 22. For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. . .
(John 5:28-29) 28 . . . the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29. and come outÖ
(2 Corinthians 1:2-4) 2. May YOU have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4. who comforts us in all our tribulationÖ
How wonderful it would be to welcome Ms. Stephenson back to life on a paradise earth when all sicknesses, and even death itself, will be things of the past – Rev. 21:3,4. May our heavenly Father grant you the comfort and peace of mind that comes from putting faith in the grand hope of the ‘Resurrection!’
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Miz Lizbeth was a fun lady that always had a smile on her face…Tena, you are just like her! I imagine she is cooking something delicous for Poodlum and Big Jay right now. Sending lots of love your way.
Tena and Bill,
Sending our love and prayers.
love you both,
We are very sorry to hear of Tena’s Mom’s passing. Just think of how happy loved ones who have gone before your Mom are glad she’s home with them. You know we love you guys and if there is anything we can do…
Ms Elizabeth was always so full of energy. She always was so pretty and dressed up no matter where she was going or what she was doing. I can just see here sitting in church with her beautiful hats on. I remember the birthday party when we all wore hats. It was so much fun and I think she really enjoyed it. Love you all!!
We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s love embrace you and your family and give you strength during this difficult time. We love you.