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Gary Neal Stevens

June 10, 1939 August 29, 2019
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Gary Neal Stevens, lifelong Rolla resident, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the age of 80.
He was born in Rolla on June 10, 1939 to the late Neal and Bonita (Rome) Stevens.
Gary was born with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. His life work has been about equality for everyone and advocating for persons with developmental disabilities.
Gary worked in the community to start the People First Chapter of Phelps County established in 1992. He also advocated for and was a founding board member of the Tri-County Center for Independent Living being brought to Rolla in 1995. In 1993, he was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and served until 2001. He received a lifetime achievement award from the State People First Council in 2017. He traveled extensively during his career with his caregiver and companion of 24 years, Phyllis Hollingsworth, working with the People First Organization. He was a longtime member of the Ridgeview Christian Church in Rolla.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah.
He will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes his brother, David Stevens and wife Betty, of Elkin, NC; a niece, Shelley Angel and husband Ed; one nephew, Marc Stevens and wife Kim, all of NC; several great nieces and nephews; caregiver and dear companion, Phyllis Hollingsworth, of Rolla; and many friends.
A graveside service for Gary Stevens will be held at 1 pm Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Rolla City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to People First.

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1:00 PM 9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/1/2019 2:00:00 PM
Rolla City Cemetery

Highway 72
Rolla, MO 65401

Rolla City Cemetery
Highway 72 Rolla 65401 MO
United States

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Rolla City Cemetery Final Resting Place

Highway 72
Rolla, MO 65401

Highway 72 Rolla 65401 MO
United States

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People First of Rolla


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