Sonia Stedman

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Sonia Stedman announces her death which occurred on October 2, 2017.  Though she had been battling some health issues this last year, this past weekend she had an unexpected episode that led to her passing.  Her daughters and son-in-law, Lana and Todd Unger and Lori Stedman, were able to be with her at Gritman Medical Center for her last days.

Sonia Lee Stevenson Stedman was born in Pennsylvania on June 20, 1942 to James and Mary Ann Stevenson.   She married Samuel Wesley Stedman in 1962 and they lived in Casa Grande, AZ until Sam died in 1998 after a 10 year battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.  Soon after, Sonia moved to Moscow, ID to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Lana and Todd Unger, and their three children Addie, Phoebe and Sammie. Sonia’s other daughter, Lori Stedman, moved her family from AZ to Moscow in 2011 to be near the family.

Sonia spent 15 years teaching Home Economics to middle school children in Casa Grande, AZ.  She loved the tough kids she often found in her classes and they loved her too.  She had the nickname of “Sarge” with the kids.  She was strict but her students knew she loved them and would help them in life situations as well as classroom assignments.

Grama Sonia enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren: Cat (Jake) Youngblood, Addie Unger, Ashleigh (Jonathan) Hukill, Lizzie Stedman, Phoebe Unger, Dailene Stedman, Gary Stedman, Sammie Unger, Mark Stedman and Nathan Stedman and great grandchildren: Piper, Zane and Gabriel Youngblood, during her last years.  She loved passing on her knowledge of cooking, sewing, quilting and crafting.  She was always an ear to listen.  She was up for a road trip if someone needed company and enjoyed several trips to Disneyland with her grandchildren.

Sonia was also preceded in death by both her parents and her only sibling, Sally Calkins.

At her request, the family will not be having a memorial service, but taking the opportunity to celebrate her life privately.   Sonia Stedman was full of life and made an impact on anyone that met her.  She will be missed.

5 Responses to Sonia Stedman

  1. Linda Myers says:

    So sorry to hear of Sonia’s passing. She was a very talented lady and loved her family greatly. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she came to JOANN’S. She will be missed by so many. May you have the strength and comfort the Lord has promised.

  2. Linda Bolden says:

    Very sad to hear about Sonia. She was a special lady. I personally learned from her about quilting and cooking. She was always willing to share her expertise. She will definitely be missed.

  3. Karen Templeton says:

    To all of Sonia’s family, I send my deepest condolences. Even though I haven’t seen her much these last few years, I will miss her greatly. She was just on my mind this past week. We had such good times traveling to quilt camp together and quilting at my shop. I miss those times. You will all be in my prayers for God’s comfort and peace in knowing that she is with her Saviour, and all will be reunited one day.

  4. Lolly Davies, Casa Grande, AZ says:

    Lana, I just read your mother’s obituary and want to send condolences from Ron and me. We pray for you and yours.

  5. Cheryl Gay says:

    We were saddened to hear that Sonia had passed away. She had a special place in our hearts. Last time we saw her She told Wayne she wanted one more motorcycle ride. It’s to bad we didn’t have the bike with us. We have special memories of her as I know you all do. Love you all. Wayne and Cheryl

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