Stephanie Kristine Stotts

Stephanie Kristine Stotts passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 35 from complications due to Prader-Willi Syndrome. She is survived by her parents, Richard and Linda Stotts, and her seven older siblings: Kenneth (Kari) Stotts, Kelly (Maria) Stotts, Kimberly (Eric) Hinton, Larry (Heather) Stotts, Leslie (Corey) Buer, Lisa (Adam) Pippin, and Lori (Brad) VanderStek. They and her 33 nieces and nephews, 1.5 grandnephews, 19 aunts and uncles, and 56 first cousins will miss Stephanie’s generous spirit and love for all her family.

Stephanie was born in Houston, Texas, on March 19, 1984, tiny and barely able to move or eat. The subject of many heartfelt prayers and priesthood blessings, she grew and thrived under the care and love of her tireless parents and fiercely loyal siblings. Stephanie was diagnosed at age 13 with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by insatiable appetite, low metabolism, cognitive disabilities, and behavioral disorders. Despite all of her special needs, she was not a complainer. Stephanie was very sociable! She was curious about people and made friends wherever she went. She enjoyed visiting and playing games with family late into the night. She continuously thought of others and was generous with her time and talents, delivering baked goods or other food to her many friends and loved ones. She loved giving gifts for birthdays, holidays, or just because, and she sent off numerous care packages to missionaries. She loved her nieces and nephews and was interested in their activities, always eager to attend football games, concerts, classes, and recitals to support them. Her loving hugs were legendary.

Stephanie was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a deep and abiding love for her Savior Jesus Christ, and her life of service reflects her commitment to follow Him.

A memorial service for Stephanie will be held on Friday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2906 N Hardin Blvd, McKinney, Texas. A graveside service will be held the next day at 11 a.m. at the Watson Family Cemetery near Wilburton, Oklahoma. A gravestone will mark her resting place in a beautiful meadow overlooking the lake, but her spirit is running, dancing, and finally free of her physical limitations as she awaits a joyful reunion.