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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:00 am

ODESSA Aurora Stephens, 56, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the Hospice House. She was born May 3, 1953, in Rankin, Texas, to Juan Francisco and Margarita (Barrera) Abalos.

Aurora was a field supervisor at Nurses Unlimited for 11 years. There was no one more giving, compassionate and selfless than Aurora. She placed the well-being of others above herself on a daily basis, even during her illness. Despite her illness, Aurora was named “Home Health Care Employee of the Year” by the Texas Association for Home Care and received a plaque from Gov. Rick Perry for her outstanding service in the field of home health care.

Those of you who knew Aurora well know that she had many loves in her life. One was her longtime companion of 20 years and husband, Jeff Stephens; and her numerous nieces and nephews. Aunt (Tia) Aurora will always be remembered for the wonderful care and love she bestowed on them, including the numerous cakes and pies she lovingly made for each of them. The list is endless on how many special, memorable moments each of her nieces and nephews shared with her and will never be forgotten. A special part of her heart also belonged to little Anna Marie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Willie Abalos; sisters, Manuela Gonzales and Emilia Gonzales and Janie Robles.

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Stephens of Odessa; stepson, David Stephens of Camp Pendleton; four brothers, John Abalos and wife Sadie of Sweetwater, Texas, Joe Abalos and wife Kathy of Winnie, Texas, Selso Abalos of Winnie, Texas, and Manuel Abalos and wife Christine of Robert Lee, Texas; four sisters, Maggie Jacobo and husband Benito of San Angelo, Felicita Gonzales and husband Joe of Robert Lee, Ann Purcell and husband Tom of Lancaster, Ohio, and Mary Gonzalez and husband Joe of El Paso. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mickie Abalos of Midland, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Hospice House in Odessa, Texas, or a Breast Cancer charity of your choice.

A Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Seaton Catholic Church in Odessa, Texas.

Services entrusted to Odessa Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to www. mem.com.

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