Brenda L. Stephens, 70, hair stylist

March 17, 2017

Brenda L. Stephens, a licensed cosmetologist, died on Thursday, March 9, 2017. She was 70.

She was born on Oct. 19, 1946 to the late John and Mildred Hollis in Philadelphia.

Her early education began in the Philadelphia public school system at the Blankenburg Elementary school. She later transferred to Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic school.

Stephens graduated high school from Bishop Neumann Business School and shortly after she pursued a career in cosmetology at the Apex Beauty School. Upon completion of that program, she was licensed and worked at the family business as one of the lead stylists at Mildred’s Beauty Salon in West Philadelphia.

To further her business education, she attended the University of Penn Entrepreneurial Training Program at Wharton Business School.

She was married to Raymond Stephens and three children were born to their union.

Stephens was an unwavering Christian who loved the Lord and as an adult was a member of and affiliated with Mount Sinai, New Joy Missionary Baptist Church and Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church.

She was a colorful person who loved deeply and extended herself to her family and friends. Stephens traveled extensively throughout the states and the Caribbean.

An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, she would cheer for them each week, win or lose.

In 2015, Stephens was honored as chapter godmother of the Kappa Gamma Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for her dedication of service.

She had several memorable nicknames but her most precious ones are “Mom” to her children, “Best Friend” to her grandchildren and “Sister” to so many.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by: her son, Damin and his partner, Jumoke Edwards; son and daughter-in-law, Quincy and Kia Stephens; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Donovan Fairfax; sister, Angela Hollis; brother, Lawrence Windley; aunts, Lynn and Mary Windley; grandchildren, Iman, Mehkhi, Naseer and Briahana; adopted grandchildren, Stephon, Niji-tay and Justus; close cousins, Sandra and Clayton Wiggins and Deborah Clyne; friends, Geraldine Brooks, Sylvia (Johnson) Green, Carolyn Marsh and Betty Smith; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Saturday at New Joy Missionary Baptist Church, 2314-16 W. Allegheny Ave. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 9:30 a.m.