Stephensen was born in Selkirk, Canada, on the 11th
of May, 1919. She died in Eir, nursing home, on the
17th of December 2003, eighty-four years old. She had
had the Parkinson's disease for around 15 years and
lost most of her eyesight, but her spirit was bright
and her memory sharp. Only a week or two before she
died, she had provided the descendants of her brother,
Peter Johnson (d. 1983), with relevant information about
his origins in Iceland. and his trip to Canada. This
she remembered as if it had happened only yesterday.
Wednesday the 17th of December
was no different from any other day for Mother in the
nursing home. She got up, had lunch and dinner in the
Dining Hall, listened to the news and talked to people
on her telephone. After dinner, her son Pall Arnor,
came to visit with his wife, Ragna. They helped Mother
dial the number for Sissu, our sister in Minnesota,
to see if her daughter, Sunna, and her 11-month-old
son, Frosti, had made the trip from Iceland safely.
After the phone call, Pall Arnor and Ragna chatted with
Mother for a while and then left. An hour later, Mother
called a nurse to assist her getting ready for bed.
The nurse arrived immediately and was going to help
her sit up, but Mother was limp. She had in the meantime,
in her own quiet and modest way, closed her eyes and
set upon her travel to God's eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
What a beautiful way to end an adventurous, happy and
Mother has now joined her husband,
Pall S. Palsson, who died in 1893, her two brothers,
Gunnlaugur and Peter, and other lost friends and relatives.
I started this page only four
days after Mother passed away - in loving memory of
her. The family, my brothers and sisters and I, want
to tell her story and keep it alive.
Please use the column on the
left to select pages. I have not yet translated this
starting page and the page
about Gudrun's children into English, but I will
continue working on the rest. Any thoughts about Gudrun,
poetry, or a small piece of remembrance, would be greatly
appreciated. Please send to Anna
I hope you enjoy reading these
pages and seeing the pictures, and that you will send
nice thoughts and prayers to my Mother.
God bless the memory of Gudrun