Animals Pets 13

Marguerite "Meg" Ann Stephenson

October 28, 1951 ~ February 27, 2021 (age 69)


Her Legacy… Marguerite “Meg” Ann Stephenson, age 69, passed away unexpectedly February 27, 2021. She was born on October 28, 1951, in Royal Oak, Michigan, to Edward and Mary Ann (Schmidt) Stephenson. From early in life it was apparent that Meg loved learning and continued this love throughout her life. In 1969, Meg graduated from Bentley High School in Livonia, MI. She continued her education at Michigan State University and earned a teaching degree in English and History.   She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree of Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She retired from The University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center in late 2019.

Meg had many interests.  Her high school graduation gift was a beautiful Siamese cat she named Sinbad.  This started her lifelong love of cats.  She shared her life with many more Siamese, several Maine Coon cats and helped rescue two abandoned barn cats.  In the 1980’s she was very active in the Ann Arbor plant community utilizing her green thumb and love for botany.  She was a leading member of the Gesneriad Society and the African Violet Society of Michigan.  She had her own greenhouse and specialty plants filled the surfaces of her home. She was an instructor for Weight Watchers for many years, advocating for healthy eating and positive body image.   In her spare time, Meg enjoyed researching her family ancestry and excitingly sharing her finds with the family. She was a volunteer at Kiwanis Thrift store for over 10 years.  She loved rescuing and revitalizing jewelry of all sorts that were donated to the store.  She would research the pieces and often found ones that were high in value. She would sell many at the store but some of the special pieces she would sell online and made considerable amounts of money for the volunteer organization.  Most of all, she was a kind and generous soul.  She loved to spend time with her cats and was often found researching something truly interesting on the internet.  Meg will be remembered as a dear sister, beloved aunt, and cherished friend. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.

Her Family… The memories of Meg will be cherished and honored by her siblings, Christine (Douglas) Dabkowski, Edward James (Janette) Stephenson, Suzanne Visel, Ann (Omar Juma) Juma-Stephenson; her niece Erin (Zachary) Lahrman and many nephews; Arthur John Visel, Thomas Dabkowski, Stephen (Lauren) Dabkowski, Jacob Stephenson, Zeid Juma, Layth Juma-Stephenson and Sami Juma-Stephenson; and her great nieces Everleigh and Lilyana Lahrman and all of her extended family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mary Ann Stephenson.

Her Farewell... A farewell will take place March 3rd from 6:30-7:30 pm at Borek-Jennings Funeral Home in Hamburg, MI.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Kiwanis, or the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Please leave a message of comfort for Meg’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guest book at


Gathering of Family and Friends
March 3, 2021

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Borek Jennings - Hamburg Chapel
7425 E. Michigan 36
Hamburg, MI 48139


Food Gatherers
1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105
Tel: 1-734-761-2796

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105
Tel: 1-734-662-5585