Stephanie Renee (Krider) Vest, 34, lost her courageous battle with cancer on December 3rd, 2008. After struggling for months with a lingering, undiagnosed illness, it was determined that Stephanie was suffering from a rare form of cancer called Gamma Delta Lymphoma. She received this diagnosis in August of 2008, just a few weeks after giving birth to her third child.
Born August 1st, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri at St. Luke’s Hospital, her family soon relocated to Jefferson City. Spending the majority of her childhood there, Stephanie was part of Jefferson City High School's graduating class of 1992. She had fond memories of her hometown, especially time spent with her cousins and her childhood friends. She was a proud member of the cheerleading squad, and she had the honor of being voted homecoming queen. She also participated in the theatre program, which was one of her passions.
Stephanie graduated from Missouri State University in 1996 with a degree in Communications & Theatre. She pledged the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority her freshman year, and played a vibrant role in the chapter during her time at college. It was at MSU she met many of her closest friends and her husband Eric. Soon after graduation, they married and moved to Kansas City. Stephanie worked in sales & marketing until she gloriously became a mother. She then started her "career" as a full-time mommy raising her three beautiful children in Lee's Summit.
The joys in Stephanie’s life were spending time with family, celebrating special occasions with friends and decorating her home. She had a flair for color and style, and created beauty where ever she went. In fact, she created a whimsical hot pink laundry room that helped her celebrate the beauty of completing a load of laundry. She embraced the powerful role of being a mother, and the beauty of friendships. She was a kind and approachable person, who always had time to stop and help anyone in need.
With a magnetic personality, Stephanie was blessed with a multitude of friends. She cherished her friendships and organized many social activities in her neighborhood. She was the founder of a Bunko group (who never seemed to play, just talk and eat) and she formed an annual Christmas caroling group for children.
Her greatest accomplishment in life was taking care of her family. Stephanie took great pride in being a mother and building a loving home. She was an active member of the PTA and volunteered for a number of roles within her children’s school.
Stephanie was a remarkable soul, who left a unique footprint wherever she went. She loved life. She loved laughing. She loved her children. She loved her husband. She loved God. She will never be forgotten.
Stephanie was survived by her loving family, including: husband Eric, son Zachary, son Cole , daughter Gracelyn, father Steve Krider, mother Betty Ramsey, grandmother Faye Krider.