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Frances Charlene Baker Stephens, 83, of El Dorado, died on Saturday at Vintage Place from natural causes.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1931, in Marked Tree, Ark., to George & Evelyn Laird.  She had a sixth grade education but in her later years received her GED. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Baker, in 1995.  Her second husband, Ernest Denzil Stephens, still resides in El Dorado.

She enjoyed crafts, quilting, and her day care that she had for many years. She enjoyed making quilts for her children, grandchildren and others. 

She had been active in the Emporia St. Church of Christ and the El Dorado Senior Center.  She was recognized at the 90th Division Army reunion for the quilts that she made for them.  One of the quilts for the 90th Division is in a military museum in Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Denzil Stephens. She is also survived by children, Roy R. Baker and wife Ann; Benny Baker and wife Kathy; James Baker; Jewel Smith and husband Gary; Brenda Mann and husband Alan; Robin Baker; Patti Douglas and husband John; Lana Arpin and husband Tom; Sandy Coffield and husband Jerry; Leashell Gish and husband John; Richard Stephens and wife Leann; Susan Hull and husband Brad. She has 29 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 10 brothers and sisters and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, JR Laird, and sister, Marie Laird; daughter-in-law, Lynn Baker; grandsons, Dale Baker and Michael Frank Baker; her mother, Evelyn Laird, and father, George Laird; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Services will be held at the Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado on Tuesday at 4 p.m.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be a memorial service at the Dillinger Funeral Home on Friday at 10 a.m.  The address is 2001 Hwy 367 North, Newport, Ark., with private family burial at Ballews Chapel in Grubbs, Ark.

For more information contact the funeral home at 316-321-1657.

Memorial funds can be sent in her memory to Emporia St. Church of Christ, 1154 S. Emporia, El Dorado, KS 67042, which she and Denzil started and helped build.

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