Stephanie Lea Phillips Fajardo, 32, of Springfield, Mo., died suddenly on Nov. 8, 2013.
Stephanie was born in Miami, Okla. on June 9, 1981 to the parents of Capt. Bob and Lorie Phillips (U.S. Coast Guard retired). Stephanie spent many of her childhood years in Texas, Alaska, Kansas and Alabama while her father pursued a military career in the Army and Coast Guard. Stephanie graduated from Baker High School in Mobile, Ala., received her BA from Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kan., and had just been accepted into an accelerated nursing program in Springfield, Mo.
She was a generous humanitarian, avid horse lover, and a devoted mother.
Stephanie is survived by four young children; Daniel (7), Grace (6), Nicholas (3), and Anna (1); her parents Bob and Lorie Phillips; one brother, Chris Phillips, and his wife Yumi; grandparents Bob and Shirley Payton of Afton, Okla., and Merry Phillips of Galena, Kan.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends — all who loved her very much.
Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with prayer services starting at 8:30 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2200 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, Mo. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens in Miami, Okla. on Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for the children at Cox Health Foundation in Springfield at phone number (417) 269-7150 or www.coxhealthfoundation.com: to give, click on “Donate Now” and choose Fajardo Family Crisis Fund.
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