Mariel Brynhild Stephenson, the daughter of William Stephenson, the founder of Q Methodology, passed away the evening of February 29, 2016.

To the details and kind words below provided by Mariel Stephenson’s sister and brothers should be added that she was a frequent attender and active participant in several Q conferences (her final one being in Salt Lake City) and was among the most ardent supporters of her father’s work.  She will be remembered and deeply missed at future conferences and at the Stephenson home on Rock Quarry Road in Columbia, where sojourners often stopped to visit and reminisce.

Mariel was born August 22, 1939 to William and Maimie Richardson Stephenson in Oxford, England. She lived in Oxford throughout WWII, which had a life-long effect on her. Her brother Richard was born in 1946 on her birthday. She moved with her parents and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, first arriving in the U.S.A. on June 30, 1948 which also happened to be her brother Charles’s 13th birthday. She then moved with her mother and siblings to White Rock, BC, Canada in August of 1948 to temporarily stay with her uncle Bill, Maimie’s brother, and his family. This was due to lack of housing for a family of six people in Chicago where her father was currently teaching. Mariel and her family also enjoyed missing Chicago’s cold and unaccustomed winters. The family returned to Chicago in 1950 where Mariel then graduated from the University of Chicago’s Lab School. 

She inherited her parents home after her mother’s death. With the surrounding natural and unspoiled beauty, it was a lovely country in the middle of the city. She enhanced her life by traveling throughout the American continent and Europe with educational and tour groups as well as family. The wild and domestic animal kingdoms were important in her life. most recently caring for canaries and finches and “Ziggy” the peach faced love-bird. Cats were always part of her world too, most recently and especially her beloved Ruddy Abyssinian “Keb”. Following her respect and love for our environment, in 2013 she followed her parents’ example and honored their memory by establishing most of her 10 acres around her property as the Stephenson Conservation Easement, donated to the Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri. 

Mariel died peacefully on February 29, 2016. She was secure in the knowledge that the house her parents had proudly, lovingly and joyfully built, the home she loved, was going to new like-minded owners. Also, that her beloved cat, Keb, had settled in well with his new owner and Allie, his new dog friend. Mariel left a wonderful legacy to Columbia, her friends and family through the conservation easement, her art, and her love and courage in life. Mariel’s family would like to specifically thank Bluff Creek Terrace Assisted living, the Bluffs Nursing Facility, Boone Regional Hospital, and the University of Missouri Hospital for their very kind and loving care during Mariel’s times of medical need. Special thanks also go to her wonderful cardiologist, Dr. James T. Elliott, and his staff for their guidance, care and support. Mariel has also been whole heartedly supported by her many friends and neighbors throughout her health difficulties. Thank you all!

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