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Elizabeth Harper "Beth" Stevens, died Feb. 27, 2014, at her home surrounded by family. 
Ms. Stevens was born March 15, 1955, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fairbanks to the late Sen. Ted Stevens and his wife, Ann Cherrington Stevens.
She attended Inlet View Elementary and Central Junior High in Anchorage and Western Junior High in Bethesda, Md. She graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda in 1973 and earned a degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1977. During her summer breaks from college, she worked as a Teamster in Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay during construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Upon graduation from college, she returned to Anchorage and was employed for a short time with Nordstrom. Shortly after the death of her mom in 1978, Beth moved to Washington, D.C., and began a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During her 28 years of service, she worked in Washington, D.C.; Denver; San Diego; and Sacramento, Calif., returning to Washington in 1999. In 2013, she transferred to the division's Anchorage office to be closer to family as she battled ovarian cancer.
Dan Ashe, director of FWS, wrote: "Beth Stevens was a woman and non-scientist who made a career in a male-and science-dominated profession. She distinguished herself, her gender, her organization, and her country. She was the daughter of one of history's most powerful U.S. senators, but if he walked through the door of the FWS Service today, he would be distinguished, not as a powerful parliamentarian, but as the father of Beth Stevens. Our colleague. Our friend. Our mentor. And now, our beloved memory."
She is survived by sister, Lily, and brother-in-law, Preston Becker; brother, Ben, and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Stevens; brother, Ted Jr., and sister-in-law, Junko Stevens; brother, Walter, and sister-in-law, Debra Stevens; sister, Susan, and brother-in-law, David Covich; second mom, Catherine Ann Stevens; nine nieces, Sara-Ann Covich, Laura-Beth Sexton, Susan Stevens, Rachel Stevens, Ann Stevens, Elizabeth Stevens, Sally Stevens, Megan and Chelsea Becker; five nephews, John Covich, Ben Stevens Jr.., Augustus Stevens, Ted Stevens II and Phil Sexton; and one grand-nephew, Oscar Sexton.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father.
The family will honor their sister's request that there be no funeral service. There will be a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, Beth desired friends and family make contributions in her name to the American Red Cross.

Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 6, 2014 - See more at:

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09/07/15 04:44 PM #1    

Mark Greenfield

I remember her as a friendly, warm, and caring person.  Hard to believe that she's gone- just as is the case with all our other deceased classmates.

09/08/15 12:34 PM #2    

Alan Kettler

She was sweet and very friendly. We had many good conversations together. Sad to see her go.

09/09/15 09:47 AM #3    

Michael Tovar

Wow, far Alaska out wow, what a eulogy of Beth for her, and including that by her work associates.  Thanks, Committee for posting such a track-stopper on the Class website.  Please, do keep up the good work for all our edification of soul.

09/09/15 10:23 AM #4    

Patty Sisco (Turnquist)

Beth and I shared a class at one point and her smile and sence of humor is still very vivid in my memory.  I am so sorry to read of her passing.   

09/09/15 11:46 AM #5    

Benjamin Hayes

What a sweet person.  I knew her only in passing but she was always smiling with a pleasant hello.

09/10/15 12:35 PM #6    

Jim Griffin

Beth was a kind and intelligent person . We grew up down the street from each other and laughed about the political fishbowls we both lived in - Her Dad a Senator from Alaska and mine from Michigan . 

Rest in Peace my friend ..

09/16/15 10:39 PM #7    

Robert Sutton

What a shame.  Beth was a delightful woman.  It is sad that she lost her mother, back when we were in college; a shame that she had to endure the travesty of her father's trial; and sad that she lost her father in a plane crash.  And now, Beth is gone way too soon.  My heart goes out to her family.

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