Georgann R. Stephens, age 70 of Hamburg passed away on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the George C. Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg.
Georgann was born on May 6, 1947, in Carroll; the daughter of Nels Thomas and Phyllis Jean (Ohm) Christensen.  
Georgann began her schooling at the Thompson 1 Country School in Casey, and went there through the sixth grade.  
She then attended the seventh through twelfth grades in Guthrie Center, and graduated from Guthrie Center High School with the class of 1965.
In the Fourth Grade, Georgann met Jeanette Cline Sheeder, her Best Friend Forever!  
They shared many adventures over the years and remained best friends to this day.  
In high school, Georgann played guard on the basketball team where they made appearances at the state tournament from 1962-1964 and won the Iowa Girls State Championship in 1963.  
After high school, she was a secretary for the Guthrie Center School Superintendent from 1965 to 1967.  
This is when she met James Stephens, a teacher in Guthrie Center.  
On Jan. 21, 1967, they were married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua and to this union two daughters were born.
With Jim’s educational career, they lived in various places including:  Grand River, from 1967 to 1975, Collins, in 1976 and finally coming to Hamburg in the fall of 1976.  
After moving to Hamburg, Georgann furthered her education by obtaining a Business Degree from Iowa Western in 1997.
She worked at many jobs in Hamburg and Sidney over the years and was very involved in the community.  
She worked at the Hamburg Reporter, was the Water Clerk at City Hall, worked at Grape Community Hospital, worked at Manildra, worked at the Fremont County Auditors Office in Sidney and was the Hamburg City Clerk until her retirement in July of 2007.
Georgann was President of George C. Grape Community Ladies Auxiliary in 1983, and of the American Businesswomen.  
She belonged to the Red Hat Society, of which she was the Queen Mother, she served as the band carnival co-chairman for two years, was a Girl Scout Brownie Leader, a 4-H Leader, taught Bible School, belonged to the Church Circle, the Clarinda Rotary and the Hamburg Kiwanis.  
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamburg.  Georgann was the ABWA Woman of the Year and she volunteered for the Popcorn Day Kiddie Parade for many years.
Georgann loved life, her family, her friends, her kids and her grandson, Brook.  
She loved going to watch Brook’s sporting events in high school and college.  She also enjoyed shopping and bird watching, especially owls.  
Georgann loved animals and had dogs named Yogi and Scrappy.   
She enjoyed her visits and travels with her “Robin” sisters from GCHS class of 1965
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters:  Jacque Elisa Stephens of Clarinda; Jan Leigh Stephens Kraft of Hamburg; grandson Brook Levi Stephens of Clarinda; siblings:  Max Thomas Christensen of Guthrie Center; Betty Jean and Earl Snider of Hollandale, Minn.; brothers and sisters in laws:  John and Patricia Stephens of Boulder, Colo.; Jerry and Laura Stephens of Marshalltown; Judy and David Wilson of Urbandale; Julie and Don Gebers of Lenexa, Kan.; many nieces and nephews; other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Stephens, Jr. on Aug. 21, 2000; her parents, nephew Craig John Stephens, niece Petra Warnick and dear friend Nancy Stamen-Hartung.
Funeral Services were to be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday; Oct. 24, at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg.  The family was to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday (10/23) at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com
Rash-Gude Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.