Obituary of Janet Marie Dykstra Stevenson
Janet Marie Dykstra "Jan " Stevenson, 86, of Pocomoke City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at her daughter's Bishopville home. Born on February 26, 1933 in Albany, OR, she was the daughter of the late Theodore P. and Myrtle Rouse Dykstra. Jan and her family moved to the east coast when she was just two years old and lived in Greenbelt, Maryland. They moved to Baton Rouge, LA where she graduated from University High School on the LSU campus in 1951. In the summer of 1951, she and her mother moved to Arlington, VA, where Jan worked for a year as a clerk typist for the Department of the Navy. Jan attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she met Will on the very first day at registration. They dated until Will left for active duty with the U.S. Air Force and then continued to correspond by weekly letters. During Christmas of 1953 she accepted his proposal and they were married on June 26, 1954. Following Will's active duty, they moved to Towson, Maryland, where Jan became a homemaker and Will started his career with John Deere Co. In 1958 they moved to Pocomoke City where Will opened his own John Deere Dealership. In 1966, Jan joined Will in the dealership, serving as, office employee, Corporate Secretary and Director until her retirement in 1991 with 25 years of service. Will and Jan were fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel the world through their association with John Deere. Jan has been an active member of Salem United Methodist Church since 1958, serving as a Communion Steward and a member of the Christian Fellowship Sunday School class. She also served as a Den Mother of the local Cub Scout Pack, was an excellent cook, seamstress, self-taught pianist and interior decorator. Jan also enjoyed bowling, golf and shopping. She experienced good health until about 7 years ago when she suffered a devastating stroke and although her health declined, she fought hard and had a positive attitude until the end. Jan is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years, Will Stevenson of Pocomoke City; one daughter, Lynda Stevenson King (Christopher King) of Bishopville, MD; two sons, James Michael Stevenson (Cathy Weichmann) of Pocomoke City and David Stevenson of Salisbury, MD; four grandchildren, Andrew, Chelsea and Abby King and Shaun Stevenson; one great grandson, Brody Stevenson; one brother, Phillip R. Dykstra of Salt Lake City, UT and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. In addition to her parents, Jan was preceded in death by one brother, Ted Dykstra. Family and friends will gather for a visitation at the Holloway Funeral Home in Pocomoke City on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 5 - 7 PM and on Tuesday, February 4, from Noon - 1 PM at Salem United Methodist Church, 500 Second Street in Pocomoke City. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm in the church. The Reverends Tonya McClain and Boyd Etter will officiate. Interment will follow in the Pitts Creek Presbyterian Cemetery in Pocomoke City, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Salem U. M. C., P.O. Box 145, Pocomoke City, MD 21851; Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or The Samaritan Ministries, P.O. Box 661, Pocomoke City, MD 21851. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com.