Sally E. Stephenson
January 22, 1940 – February 26, 2021
Sally Elaine Stephenson (Strole) was born January 22, 1940 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Howard H. and Norma E. Strole. Sally grew up in New Haven, Indiana and graduated from New Haven High School in 1958. She began college at Albion College in Albion, Michigan and transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana her sophomore year. Sally graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1962 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Shenandoah University. Sally met the love of her life, Gorham “Steve” Brady Stephenson in June 1959 at the McDonald’s in New Haven, Indiana. It was love at first sight. After months of long distance dating, Steve transferred to Indiana University from North Carolina State University. Steve and Sally were married on August 26, 1961 and lived in married student housing at Indiana University. Sally began her teaching career in Boston, MA as a high school English teacher the fall of 1962. Steve’s first assignment in the Air Force was at Hanscom Air Force Base where they both established life-long friendships with many Air Force families. Sally taught high school English until her children, Susan and John, were born. Steve’s Air Force career took the family to Tokyo, Japan, Dayton, Ohio (twice), and Montgomery, Alabama over the next 10 years. While stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Sally obtained certification in Special Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Upon arrival to Fairfax County, Virginia in 1977, Sally resumed her teaching career. She served Fairfax County Public Schools as an elementary, special education resource teacher. Sally loved her career supporting students who had disabilities and needed support accessing the general education classroom. She worked in several elementary schools over the course of 24 years and retired in June 2001. Sally and Steve relocated to Colorado Springs, CO in June 2001. Sally wanted to provide daily childcare to firstborn grandchild, Nicholas. Sally and Steve were committed to helping raise their grandsons Nicholas and Jack and did so up until Steve’s passing in April 2020 and Sally’s on February 26, 2021. Sally adored her grandsons Nicholas and Jack and was like a second mother to them both. She loved watching movies, reading books, and traveling with her grandsons. Sally’s love for both boys will have a lasting impact. Sally cherished her friendships and was an active member of the Church at Woodmoor in Monument and the Tri Lakes Women’s Club. She was a member of many book clubs, loved singing in the church choir and with the Knotty Pines, and spending time with friends and family. Sally had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh that will be missed. Sally is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Susan Stephenson Field and Richard Andrew Field III of Colorado Springs, CO, son John Stephenson of Colorado Springs, CO, her grandsons Nicholas and Jack Field of Colorado Springs, CO, her brother Stephen Strole of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and her cousin Judy Korte of Fort Wayne, Indiana. A celebration of life service will be held April 22, 2021 at 11:00 at The Church at Woodmoor in Monument. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Steve & Sally Stephenson Memorial Fund at The Church at Woodmoor.
A Celebration of Life Service
The Church at Woodmoor
Sally E. Stephenson
April 20, 2021
I first knew Sally at Hanscom AFB in 1967 when we were comparing our pregnancies & the prospect of taking our new babies to Japan.
We shared adventures such as a trip to Nikko with our first overnight stay at a Japanese Inn, complete with a private Japanese bath.
Steve, Pat & I climbed Mt Fuji with a group from work. We liked to tease Steve that no one knew who he slept with on that futon since they were covered up when he went to bed & were up & gone when he got up.
We enjoyed time spent with both of them. Family was a priority to them.
The passing of these long time friends leaves a hole in our lives!
Sally & Patrick Kosmider
( Steve was the only person allowed to call me Sal!)
April 20, 2021
Mrs. Stephenson was like a second mom to me. I met her when Susan and I were college roommates. Her pirate smile,infectious laughter and the way she made you feel like you were the only one in the room when she spoke to you will not be forgotten. She was a true lady and a fine mother, wife, friend and educator. Much love to the whole family--Xoxoxo
March 12, 2021
I knew Sally through TLWC. She was always a welcoming person, fun to be with and I will remember her as a beautiful woman, always dressed to the 9’s. We worked on TLWC committees together and we had many laughs at meetings. I didn’t know her whole story, but I am not at all surprised to read about her history from college to her passing. Your family was definitely blessed with wonderful parents. And I had a friend in her too.
March 11, 2021
So many wonderful memories of Sally. I think I was one of the first to hear about Sally and Steve and their meeting at McDonald's and the immediate attraction to each other. And then lo and behold they went to separate colleges and still realized that they were meant for each other. We had good times at New Haven High School, and the few times we were able to see each other after high school were like we had never been apart - Sally was so special.
March 10, 2021
My heart aches for Susan, John, Rich, Nick, Jack & all of Sally’s friends & family. Oh how I loved this amazing lady & Steve too. I met the Stephenson family & my dear friend Susan when I was 12 years old in ‘77. They have remained some of the most special people in my life & I know how much Sally’s amazing smile, laughter & love is going to be missed by her family.
Love you all always & thinking of you 💗
Col (Ret.) Paul Belmont & Peggy Belmont
March 10, 2021
Sally was a loving and genuinely caring person who graciously shared her calm and caring approach to life with all who were fortunate enough to know and love her. Sally and her beloved husband Steve made significant contributions in a lifetime of service to our nation and to the numerous communities in which they lived, worked, and prayed. I have been fortunate enough to have loved Sally since 1964 when she and Steve were my sponsors on my initial active duty assignment. Sally provided a welcome refuge with wonderful meals and an always available "ear" for a new lieutenant. Peggy was privileged to work with Sally in the Fairfax County (Va) school system. Sally has always been a beloved friend for both of us. May she rest in peace!