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 Brynhild Stephenson, 76, of Columbia, MO, passed away the evening of February 29, 2016. An informal celebration of life will be held at her home, 2111 Rock Quarry Rd, Columbia, MO 65201, on Saturday March 5, 2016. The family invites all who knew Mariel to come by at their convenience between 1:00pm-4:00pm to celebrate her life.
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.
A widely known, and greatly talented artist, Mariel’s favored painting medium was watercolor in her most recent years. Friends, family, local schools, businesses, and art lovers now display her work. Earlier mediums had been alabaster, wood, clay, oils, charcoal, acrylic, ink, pencil, and just about anything else she felt she could be creative with.
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!