Debbie Stephenson

July 28, 1956 - May 31, 2020

Debbie Laverne Stephenson, 63, Vidor, died Sunday, May 31, 2020. She was born on July 28, 1956, in Silsbee, to Merlene McClelland and Robert Gillespie. Debbie retired from Vidor Independent School District as the school nurse after many years of employment.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Stephenson, of Vidor; daughter, Teresa Rivera and her partner, George Tinsley, of Sulphur, Louisiana; son, Wayne Stephenson and his wife, Lisa, of Orange; sisters, Jeannie Gillespie of Kingwood and Deena Morris and her husband, Jack, of Warren; and grandchildren, Kori Rivera-Floyd and her husband, Blaine, of Beaumont; Cuatro Rivera of Vidor; Madeline Stephenson and Ella Stephenson, both of Orange.

A gathering of Mrs. Stephenson’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at Broussard’s, with her interment to follow at Fellowship Cemetery, Warren. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rose City Baptist Church, P.O. Box 489, Vidor, Texas 77662.


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Paje Denman

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all. Sending love and hugs to you, Kori....

Debbiie Winston

My heart breaks to find out that Debbie lost her battle with cancer. She was such a good school nurse and we shared many stories of kids while I worked with her.. God bless her family and may He give you peace and understanding as to why she had to leave so soon. My love and condolences.

Dianne King

My heart is breaking over the loss of this special friend. Great memories of working with her at VE. Love and prayers for her lovely family.

Dianne King

My heart is breaking over the loss of this special friend. Great memories of working with her at VE. Love and prayers for her lovely family.

Sheila and Roger Friedeck

The world is a much sadder place today without the wit, wisdom, and beautiful smile of Debbie Stephenson. I first knew Debbie as the school nurse at Vidor Elementary decades ago back in the days when my life included writing a weekly newspaper column. At that time it seemed we’d had a run of aches, pains, sniffles and sneezes at our home. So my column that week began, “You know it’s never good news when the school nurse calls . . .” The Monday after that Sunday column appeared I got a call from. Vidor Elementary. It was the school nurse (Debbie) calling to tell me everything was fine and she just wanted me to know that. I don’t even remember which of my kids was there at the time, but she assured me my child was fine, there was no crisis, and everybody was having a great day .. . and she laughed. Then we laughed together. That was Debbie. Always taking care of people one way or another. At the time I had no Idea her hard-working handsome son was going to grow up and marry an amazing woman who had barely taken her first steps when I met her. and whose parents are dear friends And I had no idea that I would spend many joyful times at graduation parties, bridal showers, baby showers, and birthday parties enjoying time with her. She was always so caring and will be greatly missed, May her husband, children, and grandchildren find comfort in both her legacy of love and the knowledge that she is now at peace. ❤️

Heath Ogden

So very sorry for the loss of this very sweet lady. Praying for Billy and his family. Fly hi my friend until we meet again.

Shirley Melvin

So sorry for your loss Prayers for your family

David and Brenda Long

We watched Debbie many years in Rose City as neighbors, where she showed much love and devotion as a mother and grandmother. She was able to worship with us recently at Rose City Baptist Church. Thoroughly enjoyed being around her. She was a very strong lady.

Lesley Zagone Diller

I was blessed to know Debbie and be part of the silly things we did as teenager, her marriage and birth of her children. Yes I moved away and we lost touch. Remarkably one day at Baytown Buccee’s I ran into Debbie and Billy. We then reconnected on Facebook and would spend sleepless nights texting each other. She told me one day that except for family I had known her longer than even Bill. We relived our past and laughed about our escapades. A piece of my heart has gone with her. I thank God that we had reconnected and reminisced. She was an amazing woman and Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.

Dutch and Lisa Bowers

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, Wayne. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Janice Blackwell

Rest In Peace Debbie. Prayers for her husband, children and grandchildren. I remember Debbie’s laughter and beautiful smile she shared, while working together at Vidor E. The love and kindness she showed our children at school will be remembered by many..