Graciela Paez de Stevens passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 21, 2022.
Graciela was born in Ibague, Colombia, on February 3, 1930, to Felix Paez and Maria de Jesus Angarita. She received a degree in accounting and was the first female accountant in Bogota, Colombia. She immigrated to Washington DC in the hopes of attaining a better life and became a naturalized citizen in 1978. She met Roger Stevens, Sr., on a blind date, and it was love at first sight for him. They would marry in 1967. Graciela and Roger became loving parents to Martha and Roger Jr.
Graciela would go on to obtain her degree in graphic art and worked as a graphic artist. Eventually, however, she returned to her original profession and worked as an accountant for the Holy Redeemer Seminary College until her retirement. She was the President of the Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Graciela was a devoted wife and mother as well as an active member of the Archdiocese of Washington. Graciela was a woman of many passions including, traveling, the church, her faith in God and the Blessed Mother, and the Colombian culture, music, and cuisine.
She will be missed by her husband of 56 years, Roger Sr; children, Martha and Roger Jr., as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
Graciela was predeceased by her parents, Felix and Maria de Jesus and; siblings, Felix Jr., Inez, Albita, and Cecilia.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 10:00 until 11:00 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, 15663 Norbeck Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906. With Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20906.
The family of Graciela Stevens acknowledges with sincere gratitude and appreciation all acts of sympathy, kindness, and prayers during the bereavement of our loved one. We are truly thankful, and may God continue to bless each and every one of you. In honor of Graciella, The family requests wearing something white or sky blue. (A scarf, a pin, etc.)