Stephanie Joyce Sumption was born on March 19th, 1958 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She was the first born child of Dallas and Garnett (Conner) Savage. She was followed by a brother, Dwight, in 1960. She spent her early years in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois. She graduated from Dekalb High School in Auburn, Indiana in 1976 and from Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, MO in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education… and a husband.
Stephanie married Jack on June 30th, 1979. They were blessed with three amazing daughters, Rachel, Mary and Grace. Each of them gained a husband along the way – John Wiggans, Brandon Bakker and Casey Parrish. The household expanded to include two step-grandsons, Aubrey and Hadley Wiggans; granddaughters, Sarah and Cathryne Wiggans, as well as Sadie and Eliza Bakker. Two more grandsons also grace her family, Porter Wiggans and Ethan Parrish.
Stephanie was a Proverbs 31 wife and mother as she cared for her family. She was a helpmate to her husband in life and ministry. She excelled as a homemaker and mother to her daughters. She taught and prepared them well to be the same kind of wives and mothers in their families.
Stephanie had a variety of interests like sewing, gardening and reading. Her joys outside the home came in her roles in church life. She taught Sunday School regularly for most of her adult life. She blossomed at the Memphis First Christian Church as a vital part of children’s ministry. One program that thrives to this day as a result of her vision and dedication is the T.A.S.K Program (Together After School Kids). She found great satisfaction in working with children outside the church building too. She was a teacher for several years with the area Head Start program. The past several years she served the Scotland County R-1 School system as a substitute teacher in the elementary school.
Stephanie died on Sunday morning, May 21st at her home. She is survived by her husband, Jack; daughters, Rachel (John) Wiggans, Mary (Brandon) Bakker, Grace (Casey) Parrish and her grandchildren. She is also survived by her parents, Dallas and Garnett Savage; her brother, Dwight (Martha); nieces, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her family and friends will grieve, but not as those who have no hope.
Memorial contributions in Stephanie’s memory may be given to the First Christian Church in Memphis or the Central Christian College at Moberly in care of the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri.
Funeral services were held Thursday evening, May 25, 2017, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Brother Gareth Reece officiating. There will be a private inurnment later with the cremation rites accorded at the conclusion of the service.
Online Condolences may be sent to the Stephanie Sumption family at www.paynefuneralchapel.com
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.