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Stefani Sayers Martin

July 16, 1979June 12, 2021
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Stefani Sayers Martin, 41, Holly Springs, NC died tragically on June 12, 2021 from injuries sustained by falling from her golf cart near her home. Though they are devastated, her family hopes the shock of her passing will not overshadow the loving, fulfilling and bright life she lived.

Stefani was born to Mike and Cheryl Sayers on July 16, 1979 in Phoenix, AZ and raised in a number of cities including Denver, Rochester and Indianapolis before moving to Naperville, IL where she received middle school and high school education. While at Waubonsie Valley High School, Stefani played tennis, ran track, was a cheerleader and first dated her future husband, Jeremy Martin.

She graduated with a degree in psychology at the University of Iowa and embraced her sisters at Kappa Alpha Theta and her role as president of the sorority. She attended optometry school in California and Florida and received a doctor of optometry degree (OD) from Nova Southeastern University. She later went on to receive a fellowship certification in Vision Development from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). Stefani was a board certified optometrist in Florida and North Carolina.

Stefani founded her optometry practice, Ocean Optics, in Delray Beach, FL which focused on general vision, children’s vision and vision therapy. After 10 years, she sold her practice to focus on her children and family. She most recently worked part time at MyEyeDr in Cary, NC.

Stefani was a dedicated mother and wife who treasured her children and embraced every moment with them, but also found time for “date night” and travel with her husband. Family was vitally important to Stefani and she adored her mother and best friend, Cheryl. She had a kind and bright personality and made lasting friendships everywhere her life took her.

Stefani had a flair for baking, colorful style and a passion for travel. She had a lifelong love of dance, and from a young age she participated (and won) many dance competitions; growing up, she spent time helping at her mother’s dance studio teaching dance classes to children. In 2006, she took advantage of her dance background and was selected to be a member of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading team.

Stefani was the cherished wife of Jeremy Martin for more than 16 years, loving mother to J.R. Martin (9) and Mackenna (7), and beloved daughter of Mike and Cheryl Sayers.

Stefani was a parish member at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and an organ donor which, with her passing, has helped give life to several others in need.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials contributions may be donated to Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Rd, Apex, NC 27502.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex, NC on July 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Following the service, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall. Please no black attire; wear bright colors to celebrate Stefani’s vibrant life, personality and sense of style.

Condolences can be shared at apexfuneral.net

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 23, 2021

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Mona McNulty

July 24, 2021

The first time I met Stefani was when I needed an eye Doctor and went to her practice; she was so great and honest I loved her! then I recommended her to my husband who also became her patient. Few years after that we became, even closer when we joined Stroller Strides and we went with our babies and exercise at the same time. Stefani was always so Kind and Sweet, an Amazing mom, wife, daughter, and friend. We shared so many good times before she and her family moved out of Boca Raton. RIP Dear Stefani 💛 until we meet again.
Jeremy, JR, Mackenna, Cheryl, and Mike we are extremely sorry for Stefani's passing. Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time. Please accept our warmest condolences.
The McNulty's

Katherine Fusaro

July 21, 2021

I met Stefani many years ago through a mutual friend when she lived in Florida. She had a such a sweet, kind and sincere disposition and due to this we soon become friends. Although our friendship was brief as our lives changed, my memory of her will always remain the same. She was beautiful, kind and had a deep love for her family. I will always remember her welcoming me into her home during a Hurricane to play games, inviting me to her grand opening of Ocean Optics, attending Church with her and other various events. I give my sincere condolences to her dear parents, husband, and children.

Melonie Groce

July 21, 2021

I’m still in disbelief this has happened to my sweet friend. It’s hard to even start this, I’ve thought and thought for days for the right words but there just are no perfect words to sum up Stefani. I described her to my siblings that she was a real-life princess. She always looked beautiful, always so sweet and had the best over-the-top parties…I joked with her that she missed her calling and should have been a Party Planner or Cruise Ship Director. My son and JR became the best of friends and our friendship grew from there. We miss her terribly. On her birthday, some friends and I did an “act of kindness” in her honor. I treated a random couple to their dinner. Her name was Sherry and she told me she had lost her daughter, Kennedy a year ago that day. I know Stefani put them there for me. Always thinking of others and so kind. Love you, miss you dear friend.
Love,
Melonie Groce

Dona Browne

July 8, 2021

My late husband was a patient of Dr. Stephanie in 2011 -2012 as recommended by a physical therapist aware of her specialty working with neurologically impaired patients. She was a pure delight in every way, full of joy and willing to share that with her patients. Seamus passed in May 2020 because he could not get needed care during Covid. He was so grateful for her personal care in managing his vision needs.

God Bless you during this time of grief.

Dr. Dona Browne

Pam Romain

July 4, 2021

My family and I are truly sorry to hear the loss of Dr .Martin who was such a wonderful, loving young women. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.
Back in 2012, I was in need of an optometrist and was strolling down Atlantic Avenue and came across her boutique type of office. I went in and was so welcomed by Cheryl and immediately made an appointment not knowing that she was Dr. Martin’s mother until further visits. Dr. Martin was a rare find in doctors because she always listened and took her time to make sure you were very happy with your vision. Eventually, my whole family was going to her office and would come back home and say Dr. Martin has such beautiful energy. You could always tell that she was so beautiful inside and out and lived life her life to the fullest. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you at this time.
The Romain Family…Doug, Pam and Alyssa

Rona Tata

July 3, 2021

Like many others, the Tata family has many fond and caring memories of Dr Stefani. Doc and Cheryl made the children and I feel like part of the family during every visit.
Our hearts were broken to learn of Stefani’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Cheryl and the family. May her memory be a blessing and comfort to you all. Rona, Steve, Marissa, Aly and Korey

Jarrah Williamson

July 3, 2021

Dr. Stefani Martin was my children’s and my eye doctor when she had her practice in Delray Beach, Florida. From the moment my kids and I met her, we knew she was a great fit for us as our optometrist. She was not your typical eye doctor. She was young, beautiful, educated, kind, and passionate about what she did. We admired her as our eye doctor. We were amazed every time we had an appointment to see photos of her as a Miami Dolphin cheerleader hung on the wall when we were filling out paper work in the waiting room. Her office was very clean and our visits were always enjoyable. My daughters and I were inspired by all of her accomplishments as a woman at such a young age. She was an inspiration to them. When she left the practice, we continued to go there and still do because of the mark she left.
It was very heartbreaking to hear about the loss of Dr. Stefani Martin. She will be greatly missed. My family and I pray for her soul. We also pray that God will provide comfort and strength to her children, husband, family, friends, and all of her loved ones that she leaves behind as they go through this difficult time.

MJ Precopio

July 2, 2021

Dr. Martin was my eye dr for both myself and my son here in Delray Beach, FL. We loved her from the 1st moment we met. Soulfully beautiful inside and out. Outgoing and funny, she amazed me because she would only see us 1x a year and completely remember where our conversation left off. She and my son would talk sports and her kids and husband. She sure did gloat about them with the brightest smile.
She was not just our eye dr, her practice was a friendly place.
We missed her the moment she sold her practice. Although Dr. Haines is remarkable too, we miss Dr. Martin so very very much.
Deepest sympathy to her entire family.
Live on in Paradise!!

Leslie Stern Jones

June 29, 2021

I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of such a lovely woman.
I remember when she first opened her practice. I spent a lot of time with her and Cheryl. I think my fondest memory was Sitting around Cheryl‘s dining room table looking at frames, drinking cranberry juice.

I am attaching a photo of Stefani and I at JR‘s baby shower at the cute little tea shop in Delray Beach.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Stefani’s parents, husband and children.

Much love Leslie

Suzanne Smith

June 21, 2021

I remember her Bubbly personality first. we were patients to her first Ocean Optics and my son Colin was in her earliest vision therapy classes. We all got our eye care from Dr. Martin and I remember when she opened her office one night with the other Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders there. My kids were so excited that they had an eye Dr that was also a cheerleader. They got the photos signed and bragged to everyone at school. She also did a program with our school St. Marks where they came in and did eye exams for the kids. It was so nice and she was generous and donated every year to our school auction. I was sad when she said she was going to retire but knew she was going to have a great time being a full time mom which I knew was important to her. What a bright light she was and she really was such a nice person. My children while all grown up now are sad to hear about this news. They still have the cheerleader photo of her and still tell friends about the cheerleader Dr they had. Prayers to her mother and her children. Suzanne, Erik, Colin, and Ashton Smith

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Biography

Stefani Sayers Martin, 41, Holly Springs, NC died tragically on June 12, 2021 from injuries sustained by falling from her golf cart near her home. Though they are devastated, her family hopes the shock of her passing will not overshadow the loving, fulfilling and bright life she lived.

Stefani was born to Mike and Cheryl Sayers on July 16, 1979 in Phoenix, AZ and raised in a number of cities including Denver, Rochester and Indianapolis before moving to Naperville, IL where she received middle school and high school education. While at Waubonsie Valley High School, Stefani played tennis, ran track, was a cheerleader and first dated her future husband, Jeremy Martin.

She graduated with a degree in psychology at the University of Iowa and embraced her sisters at Kappa Alpha Theta and her role as president of the sorority. She attended optometry school in California and Florida and received a doctor of optometry degree (OD) from Nova Southeastern University. She later went on to receive a fellowship certification in Vision Development from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). Stefani was a board certified optometrist in Florida and North Carolina.

Stefani founded her optometry practice, Ocean Optics, in Delray Beach, FL which focused on general vision, children’s vision and vision therapy. After 10 years, she sold her practice to focus on her children and family. She most recently worked part time at MyEyeDr in Cary, NC.

Stefani was a dedicated mother and wife who treasured her children and embraced every moment with them, but also found time for “date night” and travel with her husband. Family was vitally important to Stefani and she adored her mother and best friend, Cheryl. She had a kind and bright personality and made lasting friendships everywhere her life took her.

Stefani had a flair for baking, colorful style and a passion for travel. She had a lifelong love of dance, and from a young age she participated (and won) many dance competitions; growing up, she spent time helping at her mother’s dance studio teaching dance classes to children. In 2006, she took advantage of her dance background and was selected to be a member of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading team.

Stefani was the cherished wife of Jeremy Martin for more than 16 years, loving mother to J.R. Martin (9) and Mackenna (7), and beloved daughter of Mike and Cheryl Sayers.

Stefani was a parish member at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and an organ donor which, with her passing, has helped give life to several others in need.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials contributions may be donated to Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Rd, Apex, NC 27502.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex, NC on July 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Following the service, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall. Please no black attire; wear bright colors to celebrate Stefani’s vibrant life, personality and sense of style.

Condolences can be shared at apexfuneral.net