On November 1, 1939, Mary Stevenson's world changed dramatically when her sixty-five-year-old husband died suddenly. Life must have been a blur for her as she had lost her father three years earlier. Mrs. Stevenson and her nephew Edward held the funeral for Robert E. Stevenson at 56 South Irvington Avenue on November 3, 1939. Mrs. Stevenson could not live in such a large house by herself so she moved in with her mother at 112 Johnson Avenue in 1941. She would never remarry.
|Mary Stevenson posed for a photo in 1937 before getting into Robert Stevenson's 1934 Cadillac. Behind her you can see the residences located at 21, 23, and 25-27 South Irvington Avenue.|
|Going for a Drive: Robert E. Stevenson pulled into the driveway of 56 South Irvington Avenue in 1935. Behind him, you can see the double at 25-27 South Irvington Avenue.|
|Robert E. Stevenson proudly posed next to his 1934 Cadillac along South Irvington Avenue in 1937. Behind him, you can see 52, 28, 24, 22, and 18 South Irvington Avenue. (some of those houses are no longer standing)|
|Edward Lollis, the nephew and ward of Robert and Mary Stevenson, graduated from Butler University in 1927 and the Indiana Law School in 1930. He lived with the Stevensons until his marriage in 1933.|