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Angela Stevens, 55, passed away November 3, 2016 of pneumonia. She is now at rest with the Lord. Her memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 7 at her church, Spring Woods Baptist Church, 10131 Emnora Lane in Houston with Waltrip Funeral Home taking care of arrangements.

Angela is survived by her mother, Effie V. Stevens of Houston; her brother, Curtis W. Stevens and his wife, Hillary K. Stevens, and her niece, Summer K. Stevens, all of Smyrna, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her father, James D. Stevens, of Smyrna, Tenn. She also is survived by a host of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as a bounty of adoring friends. Her loyalty to family and friends was immeasurable. Effie, Curtis, Hillary, and her beloved Summer were her devotion.

Angela also is survived by a family of educators and generations of students who passed through Benbrook Elementary School in Houston, where she was a teacher for 30 years (1984-2014.) During her career, she taught pre-K, 1st grade, 2nd grade and served as a reading specialist and special education resource teacher. She planned school pageants, was a member of the teachers' sorority Alpha Delta Kappa, and served as a union representative. Angela loved making learning fun and laughing with the children. She was known to spend a good bit of her vacation money on classroom supplies. She eventually taught the children of former students, touching generations of families. She also worked with children at her church.

Angela was a 1984 graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where she was editor of the yearbook and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She formed tight bonds with her "sisters" and friends at Austin Peay, many that lasted her lifetime. She loved to plan trips, and while she had traveled to exotic locations such as Spain and Italy, a good "junking" trip was her favorite. Those who traveled with her report near-whiplash each time Angela saw an "Antique Mall Open" sign. She was always on the hunt for Rose of Sharon Depression glass, Fenton cranberry vases, or beautiful tea cups.

Her tea cups - which ultimately numbered in the hundreds - were put to proper use each year at her annual Christmas Tea Party. For 25 years, Angela invited friends to her home to celebrate the holidays with home-baked cookies, stuffed jalapenos, dips, candies and other goodies.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to a charity of the giver's choice. A gift to Benbrook Elementary, Spring Woods Baptist, or an organization that supports cancer patients or rescues cats are suggestions.