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Carolyn Stevenson

November 20, 1949 — March 4, 2020

Carolyn M. Stevenson, 70, of Owensboro, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at her home. She was born November 20, 1949, in Owensboro, to the late Robert A. and Marie Cecil Simmons.

Carolyn graduated from Owensboro Catholic High, Brescia University, and Western Kentucky University, with a master's in art design. She taught school for more than 18 years from third grade to college level, but it was her 6 years at Owensboro Catholic High she enjoyed the most, teaching art and photography. Carolyn was the first lay teacher to teach art at Catholic High and thus the name of "Sister Mary Art."

After a teaching career for 20 years, she pursued her real passion in interior design. Along with her paintings, this is evident throughout her home.

Carolyn loved traveling to a beach, especially when the children were young. Later she had loved to take cruises to the Caribbean with her favorite destinations of Cozumel and the Bahamas.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Stevenson; daughter, Jennifer A. Stevenson, of Stanley; a son, John W. Stevenson II (Jay) of Brooklyn, NY; granddaughters, Katelyn, Kylie, and Kinzley Stevenson, of Stanley; brothers, Robert Simmons (Kelley) of Owensboro and James Simmons (Kathy) of Utica; sisters, Kay Plaisted of Lexington and Yvonne Knutson (Jim Collins) of Chapel Hill, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 2pm Sunday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3pm until 8pm Saturday evening and 12pm until 2pm Sunday the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Settle Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 East Fourth Street, Owensboro, KY 42303; Owensboro Catholic High School, 1524 West Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY 42301; or Brescia University, 717 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY 42301.

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