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Frances Newman Stevens

1925 ~ 2021 (age 95)

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Frances Stevens, age 95, of Roanoke County, died Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Friendship Health & Rehabilitation Center South following a brief illness.

Frances was born in Roanoke, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Allene and Carlis Newman. She was raised in Collierstown, Virginia and graduated from Effinger High School.

Frances was a graduate of the University of Richmond, Westhampton College. After briefly teaching at William Fleming High School, she worked at the Roanoke Veterans Administration Hospital as a medical technician. Later Frances worked at A-1 Tax Services. She married William Stevens and settled in Roanoke County. Frances was a member of the Sorority Beta Sigma Phi, and she was a member of Northminister Presbyterian Church for over 75 years where she served as a Sunday school teacher for almost 50 years and a member of Session multiple times.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Jack Newman. She is survived by her children: Brent (Dr. Barbara) Stevens and Dr. Marla (Dr. Bryan) Riley; grandchildren: James (Maggie) Stevens, Deanna (Dustin) Barton, Benjamin Riley, and Linnea Riley; and great-granddaughter, Addison Barton; brother, Robert Newman; and her sister-in-law Barbara Campbell.

A celebration of Frances’ life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 4 at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road Daleville with Reverend Russ Merritt officiating. Burial will be at Mill Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, 6-8 pm. Services will be available via livestream Wednesday at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island, VA 24526-8517; or Good Samaritan Hospice,
Attn: Development, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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August 3, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Rd.
Daleville, VA 24083

August 4, 2021

2:00 PM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Rd.
Daleville, VA 24083

Video is available for this event


Mill Creek Cemetery
11475 Lee Highway
Fincastle, VA 24090


Society of St. Andrew
3383 Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island VA 24526-8517

Good Samaritan Advanced Illness Care, Hospice
2408 Electric Road, Roanoke VA 24018
Tel: 1-540-776-0198

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