In memory of
Margaret Stevens (Marge), nee Butterworth, died at her recently adopted home in Arlington, Virginia, on March 10, 2017. She was 88. She was born in New Jersey to the late Henry and Martha Seddon Butterworth. As a young woman, she went to secretarial school, where she learned to take shorthand, type without errors at blistering speeds, and organize all manner of people and paperwork. She first put these skills to work at the admissions office at Rutgers Law School, later as a principal's secretary in Belvedere Elementary School in Arnold and Linthicum Junior High. She was a long-time resident of Anne Arundel County. Marge's 20s were spent working at Rutgers and cultivating an appetite for adventure. She traveled, was a synchronized and recreational swimmer, and a long-distance cyclist. She met her husband of 44 years, Julian Kingsley Stevens, Jr. (Steve) while she worked at Rutgers and he was a student after his first hitch in the Navy. They fell madly in love and he reenlisted in the Navy so that he could marry her and offer a lifetime of travel and adventure. He preceded her in death in June, 1999. Marge leaves behind her only sister, Claire Blaze, three daughters: Kathleen Quackenbush, Susan Stevens, and Barbara Stevens; seven grandchildren: Jennifer Malenfant, Shawn Gavin, Christopher Gavin, Margaret McGough, Jonathan Smith, Adam Smith, and Elizabeth Ballantyne; and five beloved great grandchildren: Robin McGough, Ryan Malenfant, Elise Malenfant, Kaiser McGough, and Rosaleen McGough. The in-laws join their family in grieving the loss of a fine woman. Her love of travel took her across North America a few times, to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The Navy brought her to Puerto Rico, Monterrey, Japan, and Adak (an island in Alaska's Aleutian chain). Her daughters attempted to count the countries, states and territories she had visited and came up with 20 countries for sure, and at least 34 states and territories, plus the District of Columbia. She first visited D.C. when she rode there on her bike from New Jersey¿.Training for her ride through Europe. Her daughters grew up feeling sorry for friends whose mothers could not whip up a dress, separates, or a tailored suit on their home sewing machine. When she retired, she took up quilting and produced dozens of works of art that are now treasured by family and friends. She became a fabulous cook and cultivated a beautiful garden. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She was an avid reader. Even in the final month of her life, having been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, she wanted mysteries from the library, the Washington Post, and MSNBC. She was an avid reader of the Maryland Gazette and the Capital when she lived in Glen Burnie, Millersville, and Severna Park, wanting to know about what was going on in her community. She was able to enjoy visits from nearly all of her family just weeks before her passing away. She will be missed by all who knew her. Family and friends may visit on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 1pm-5pm, at the Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 7pm, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be held at the Maryland Veteran Cemetery in Crownsville on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 10:45am, where she will be interred with her late husband.
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