Obituaries detail

Ann Pate Stevens

March 19, 1927 - November 1, 2023


Prairie Village, Kansas - Ann Pate Stevens, 96, passed away on November 1, 2023, All Saints Day. Services will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the Church of the Resurrection’s Wesley Chapel, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.


Ann was born March 12, 1927, in Joplin, Missouri, the oldest child of Betty and Harry Pate. She was raised in Joplin, Missouri, and graduated from Gulf Park College for Women in Gulfport, Mississippi, and then from the University of Missouri with an Education Degree. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.


In November 1950 she married Edward L. Stevens in Joplin, MO where they lived for a short time before being transferred to Prairie Village, KS, Orange, Texas, Vicksburg, MS, and back to Orange, Texas. They finally returned to Mission Hills, Kansas in 1959 to make their home, known as “The Yellow House off Tomahawk,” where they raised their girls, Susannah and Marty.


Ann’s energy and enthusiasm were channeled into many hours spent in her beautiful garden, and evenings spent with handwork (needlepoint, rug hooking, and cross stitch samplers). She was a pioneer in the collection of fine primitive antiques. She enjoyed buying them at “off-the-road” antique shops throughout New England. Their home was featured in The Kansas City Star.


Ann was an active volunteer in the community. She was on the board of The Delano School, Eleanor Shutz Memorial Library, Prairie Planters #1, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1961 she was the chair of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour, as well as the Association President in 1984-1985. For the past 11 years, she has enjoyed living in the Claridge Court community. The team members and many friends became like a family to her, as well as to Susannah and Marty. Their dedication and care for her was of great comfort.


She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Ed; her sister, Betsy Robertson and brother Preston Pate, both of Joplin, MO. She is survived by daughters Susannah Pitman (Ray) of Leawood, KS. and Marty Fuchs (David) of Duxbury, MA., and brother-in-law Henry Robertson of Joplin, MO., along with several nieces and a nephew. She was adored by her grandchildren, Pate Pitman Emery, Carry Pitman, Ben Fuchs, and Matthew Fuchs. She loved looking at the pictures of her 8 great-grandchildren.


Mom, Ann, Granny/Ma, you will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts

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Memorial Service
Church of the Resurrection - Wesley Chapel
13720 Roe Ave
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Date of Service:
Nov 11, 2023
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1:00 pm
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Janet VanAntwerp Ancker Nov 05, 2023

Neice ,Tampa ,Florida

Fond memories came to me when my sister, Margo, told me of Aunt Ann’s passing. My sister was so fortunate to visit with her from time to time. I loved hearing about Aunt Ann and the family. I wish I had more opportunities to spend time with my lovely Aunt Ann. 🌸🌹🌸

Kathy Tapp Piispanen Nov 05, 2023

friend ,Vernal ,Utah

"Mrs." Stevens - She was what I considered to be my second mom away from home. I spend most of my childhood with Marty and often at their house, loving the warmth that Mrs. Stevens showed to me every time I walked through the door. This is a lovely obituary picture of her and just brought back so many memories. She always seemed to walk out of the kitchen with the Dolly and Yoyo zooming down the upstairs steps to greet me. I will always remember how loved I felt by her. This was a wonderful family!

Nancy Fritz Nov 05, 2023

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Sus and Marty, So sorry I am not in town to give hugs. Lots of fond memories of the "yellow house" and living across the street on 71st with both your folks. I am sure your Mom is happily reunited with your Dad. Love to all.

Jan Taliaferro Roach Nov 06, 2023

Susannah and family, Sending sympathy at this difficult time. May your memories carry you through... She was a gem!

Judy Southard Nov 06, 2023

friend ,Shawnnee ,Kansas

To Ann's family, I was a certified nursing assistant at Clairidge Court for several years beginning in 1998. One of the residents who I cared for was Betty Foster, who was a good friend of Ann's. I remember that it seemed like Ann always had a smile on her face and had a very sweet demeanor. May God be with all of you in the days to come.

Ginny Beall Nov 07, 2023

Old Neighbor ,Mission Hills ,Kansas

Dear Susannah and Marty, Love the beautiful photo of the Ann I remember from our many years on 68th Street. Your mom was an icon to me of being a mother, a neighbor, and a community leader, just what I was working toward from our home 4 doors down. We loved all the same things: handwork and gardening...and people and family. She was simply the best at all of it. And your Dad was equally so, helping out at College Clinic at SME (MIT rep?). I know you count an amazing family among your many blessings, especially important at this time of passing. Sending love, Ginny Beall

Scott F Stephenson Nov 07, 2023

Business ,Leawood ,Kansas

Dear Susannah & Ray, Sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. She was a pleasure to work with. Scott Stephenson

Wayne Hayes, Kathy Grant, and family Nov 10, 2023

friend and neighbor ,Cranford ,New Jersey

As a long-time neighbor and friend at Chase Pond in New Hampshire, our family was privileged to know Ann and Ed and four generations of their gracious family. Ann elevated our spirits when she looked us straight in the eye with her radiant smile. So, we will fondly remember Ann and Ed, especially at twilight over our lake. Thank you, Ann, for tenderly touching our lives with your caring legacy.