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Stephanie Marie Kerr

February 3, 1978 ~ June 28, 2019 (age 41)

STEPHANIE M. KERR

Littleton, Co. – Stephanie M. Kerr, age 41, died June 28, 2019 in Denver, Co following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born February 3, 1978 in McAllen, Tx to the late Ruby E. Trevino and the late Donald L. Kerr.

Stephanie faced many struggles in life while maintaining an enduring heart full of love, compassion, forgiveness, and laughter.  She had a humbling sense of humor that uniquely freed those willing to take a break from the seriousness of adulthood and the truly minor inconveniences we can manage to consume ourselves with. As a child she was a jokester and a prankster, and quite frankly a predictably unpredictable handful – but her motive of laughter and freedom still left the experiences and memories endearing and sweet. Driving to work unknowingly with a sign that says “Honk, it’s my birthday”, or groggily turning on the sink to pour water from the faucet only to be sprayed by the retractable sprayer that had a rubber-band depressing the push-button were not uncommon occurrences in our household. April Fool’s Day, one of Stephanie’s favorite holidays, was much more than just a silly day for children as it is for most – throughout her life, it was cause to lighten up, have fun, and laugh a little with those she loved. Anyone lucky enough to have received a cheek-reddening birthday card from her will also know this fun-spirited humor well. Beyond laughs and smiles, she loved dogs, spending time with her family, enjoying delicious food, shopping, and creating customized teddy bears.

As she grew and matured, her sense of humor remained while her attention to kindness and generosity flourished. Fair treatment for all, no matter their individual genetic makeup or lifestyle choices, was a core value of hers born of understanding and empathy, which was evident in her interactions. She was also a strong advocate for Mental Health Awareness, regularly volunteering for NAMI when able. While her own disabilities were apparent, her capabilities and intelligence were immense, and combined with her enviable innocence and loving nature, she taught many the importance of compassion, reserved judgments, and intentional perspective and attention as we go through our lives more deeply than simple verbal instructions from childhood could ever imply. Per her story and gentle kindness, she touched hearts in a way we’ve never seen; she will be lovingly missed.

Stephanie is survived by her sisters Julie Ashley, Denver, Co., and Laura Kerr, Littleton, Co; niece Shannon Dickson, Seattle, Wa. She is further survived by close aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her father Donald L. Kerr, mother Ruby E. Trevino, and brother Robert L. Kerr.

A Memorial Service for Stephanie will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Rd in Parker.  Please contact Laura Kerr if anyone needs transportation, lkerr@alumni.uidaho.edu

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Stephanie's memory be made to NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2280 S Albion St, Denver, CO 80222 https://donate.nami.org

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