It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Julia Ruth Stevens, who passed away early in the morning of March 9, 2019, after a short illness.
Julia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who lived a wonderful, full life during the 102 years that she was with us. As the daughter of Babe Ruth, she had many amazing experiences, which she was pleased to share with eager reporters and fans alike.
Until the very end, she was very proud to call him “Daddy” and she particularly loved recalling events from 1934 when she went on a “round the world” tour with her parents. The tour began with a series of 15 exhibition baseball games played in Japan.
Originally, a peach born in Athens, Ga., Julia moved to New York City with her mother Claire in 1920, where Claire modeled and sometimes performed as an extra in Broadway plays.
Early on, fellow actor and Babe Ruth acquaintance Jim Barton introduced the two, and the rest as they say, is history. Julia always said she loved growing up in New York during this time and there was no place she would rather have been. She even sang on the radio for a short time.
While accompanying her father on a golf trip to North Conway, N.H., Julia met her first husband, Richard Flanders, and following their marriage, joined him as the owner and operator of Cranmore Mountain Lodge.
When Richard died prematurely from hypertension, Julia then became the proprietress and postmistress of the general store in Eaton Center, N.H., where she met her second husband, Grant Meloon. The marriage did not last, and she subsequently wed her third and final husband of 49 years, Brent Stevens, a poultry farmer. For many years, she was known throughout the Mount Washington Valley as “the egg lady.”
Poultry farming on a small basis proved unviable and during the ensuing years until her retirement, she worked in retail at the Carroll County company, the Carroll Reed ski shop, and the Yield House. In retirement, she took on what she considered to be her most important role, that of Babe Ruth ambassador.
She worked tirelessly on behalf of Babe Ruth League Baseball and made countless appearances on behalf of her father around the country. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and fans of baseball.
Julia leaves behind a son, Tom Stevens; daughter-in-law, Anita Stevens, grandson; Brent Stevens and his wife, Marie, granddaughter, Amanda Dandro and her husband, Brian; great-granddaughters, Lexi and Maddy Stevens; and great-grandsons, Parker and Lukas Dandro.
There will be a funeral service and memoriam at a later date at St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Conway.