Delores Sweeney Stevens

Delores Sweeney Stevens

Garden City - Delores Sweeney Stevens, 94, died Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Garden City, Kansas following complications of a stroke.

Delores was born July 18, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich. to William and Clarabelle (Soepboer) Sweeney. She was the oldest of five sisters. Her father served in the military and was a Police Sergeant. Her mother was a homemaker. On Nov. 14, 1945, Delores married Ralph Paul Teetzen, Sr., with whom she had four children. Originally moving to Kansas in 1950 to oversee a family farm in Tampa, the family relocated to Dodge City when Ralph joined the Highway Patrol in 1952. The family built a home in Garden City, Kansas, moving in July 1963. Following her divorce in 1970, she remained in Garden City. She married Rev. Charles "Charlie" Stevens, Sr. on December 13, 1975.

Over the years Delores served others in several capacities from working in a factory sewing self-sealing fuel tanks during WWII, to completing nursing school, going on to work at hospitals and as a private duty nurse. Most notably, she worked with Area Mental Health in Garden City for nearly 40 years. She also worked in area thrift stores and volunteered in several capacities within the community. She also took joy in many things such as reading, gardening, cooking and baking, hosting family gatherings, roller skating, visiting the zoo, and regularly riding the train to visit family in Michigan.

Delores is survived by her husband of 45 years, Charlie Stevens of Garden City, KS and her children with Ralph: Kenneth (Cynde) Teetzen of Albuquerque, NM, Ralph "Paul" Teetzen, Jr. of Garden City, KS, and Carol (Dan) Patton of El Dorado, KS. Her grandchildren include Ryan Teetzen, Chad (Amy) Teetzen, Micala Teetzen, Danelle (Kyle) Reber, Tiffany (Stephen) Lovette, and Briana (Mike) Jamieson. Great-Grandchildren include Coban Honey, Madeline Lovette, Kailee and Cameron Jamieson, and Amelia and Henry Teetzen. She also leaves behind her step-children: Lottie (Mike) Emmert of Dacula, GA and family, Richlyn (Jim) Clements of Farmington, NM and family, Alice Stevens of Hobbs, NM, and Charles "Chuck" Stevens, Jr. of Hutchinson, KS and family.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Allen Dale Teetzen; her parents, Clara and Bill Spicer and William Sweeney; and her sisters, Louise Nicewander, Shirley Morgan, Maxine Atkinson, and Judy Neeley; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Teetzen; and her infant great-granddaughter, Leiana Jamieson.

A public service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sat, May 29th at Turning Point Church Of The Nazarene (2720 Campus Drive), with Rev. Nathan Haeck officiating. Memorials contributions may be made to Turning Point Church Of The Nazarene, or Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on May 28, 2021