Alice Gene Stephens
Alice Gene Stephens passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, 2009, at the age of 89. Gene, a long-time Kingman resident, was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Covina, Calif., to Thomas and Myra Hardwick. She will be terribly missed by her family and many friends who looked to her for strength, wisdom and humor.
While Gene was a child, her family moved from Covina to the Big Sandy. Here Gene met and married William 'Bill' Stephens. She later moved to Los Angeles while Bill served in WWII. Gene joined Walt Disney Productions in 1942 where she produced their WWII road shows and worked on their South American productions, including the Academy Award recognized cartoons "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros." Following the war, Gene and Bill moved back to Kingman and she worked for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce from 1949 to 1953. Throughout the 1960s Gene provided the Daily Miner, KAAA radio station and local business leaders with minutes to meetings held by the City Council, County Board of Supervisors, School Board and other civic organizations. She worked for Kingman School District No. 4 for 22 years from serving on the school board, board secretary and attendance officer.
In retirement, Gene enjoyed her grandchildren, crossword puzzles and keeping up with national sports and politics. She was a member of the Mohave County Daughters of the Pioneers.
Gene was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Myra Hardwick; sister, Claire Simm; brother, Ed Hardwick; and husband, Bill Stephens. She is survived by her daughter, Laurel Penrod; son, Thomas Stephens; son and daughter-in-law, Rocky and Lesa Stephens; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many Hardwick and Stephens loved ones.
A service and celebration of Gene's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Manzanita Baptist Church, 2040 Golden Gate Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 West Beale St., Kingman, AZ 86401.