Rua & Clarrie Stevens
Charitable Trust

Est 1970

The greater part in us will never die’

Rua, the daughter of Lancelot Henry John Frapwell and Agnes Sparrow, was born in Dunedin where she lived most of her life.  She was educated at Archifield Private School where in 1929 as a prefect she won the Fergus Memorial Good Comrade by the vote of the school’s students.  A keen sportswoman with a wonderful sense of humour, she became known for her vitality and love of life.

Rua always had a special interest in the welfare of children and chose to be a kindergarten teacher.  She was also an effective leader in the girl guide movement.


Mrs Rua Sparrow Stevens

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She married Clarence Henry Somerville Stevens, a lawyer, in 1938 and continued her kindergarten teaching until the arrival of her own children.  Rua became a devoted mother of three and a strong supporter of her husband.

From 1961 she and Clarrie travelled widely through Asia, America and Europe.  Rua found a love for the theatre, the arts and antiques.  Over the years she acquired many paintings and fine antiques which remain in the family today.  Rua enjoyed golf, bridge, picnics at the races and loved animals.  She was a genuine, loyal, quietly generous human being known for being outspoken at injustice.

Tragically, Rua became ill with leukaemia.  Her condition, incorrectly diagnosed, was never treated.  Yet she never complained and towards the end expressed hope to her son Lee, that she be remembered for the person she tried to be. 

Rua’s spiritual convictions were epitomised by her uplifting encouragement of others.

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