Obituary, The Oklahoman, November 18, 1983
Ralph A. Stephens. Born October 17, 1892 in Eaton, Ohio. Died Friday in Santa Monica, California. With his late wife Amanda, Stephens founded the Dolores Restaurant at 33 NE 23 in Oklahoma City and for more than 40 years it was a popular family eating place. The restaurant was named for Mr. and Mrs. Stephens' only daughter, Dolores, now Mrs. J. Phillip Boyle, Jr. After merging with Restaurants, Inc. the Dolores closed in 1975 and Stephens retired to California. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens had operated at different times, two other restaurants in Oklahoma City before opening the Dolores in the depression era. It became known for it's fine pastries, made by Mrs. Stephens, and the restaurant proved popular from the outset. Later Mr. and Mrs. Stephens opened a Dolores restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, operated by their son, Robert. After living in California a number of years, they returned to Oklahoma City and took personal charge of the Dolores again. Mrs. Stephens died in January 1966.
Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Boyle, and two sons, Vincent Stephens, Oklahoma City, and Robert Stephens of Santa Monica, California, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, 1983 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Directed by Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Cancer Research.
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