- Sweetly Be! (1990)
- From Rose Budd’s Kitchen (1988)
- Along the RFD with Rose Budd Stevens (1987)
Rose Budd Stevens was the pen name for Mamie Davis Willoughby. She was born Mamie Davis Van Norman on November 3, 1915, to Pearl and Hiram (Bud) Van Norman, in Amite County, Mississippi. She attended the Amite County public schools and graduated from Liberty Agricultural High School in 1933. Graduating from Southwest Junior College at Summit, Mississippi in 1935, she worked in the county agent’s office of Amite County. She briefly left Mississippi to serve as a payroll clerk for the Works Progress Administration in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but returned to Amite County. In 1938 Stevens married Bennett Willoughby, and they became the parents of two sons, Will and Ben, and a daughter, Celeste.
Stevens started writing in 1947 while she was bedridden while pregnant with her third child, Celeste. She wrote newspaper columns at home based on her experiences on Shady Rest Farm near Liberty, Mississippi. Her columns were homey topics about killing hogs, superstitious people, Christmas customs, and the like
Her column, Along the R.F.D. appeared regularly in such newspapers as the McComb (MS) Enterprise-Journal, the Carthage (MS) Carthaginian, and the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger. Ramblin’ With Rose Budd was a regular feature of the trade journal, Mississippi EPA News, and The Farmer Takes a Wife ran in MFC News. She won awards for her columns from the National Federation of Press Women, the Mississippi Press Women’s Association, and Progressive Farmer magazine.
Her pen name, Rose Budd Stevens, is a composite of the name of her husband’s favorite aunt (Rose), her father’s nickname (Bud), and the surname of her college roommate (Stevens). The articles appeared regularly in various publications from 1947 to 1994 when she stopped writing due to ill health. She donated her papers to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1983.
She died of Alzheimer’s in 1996.
- The Stevens (Rose Budd) Papers at the University of Southern Mississippi
- Excerpt from her 70th birthday piece, reprinted in Mississippi Scenes: Notes on Literature and History