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Stephanie Rae Polston

February 18, 1988July 5, 2020

Stephanie Rae Polston (nee Garrison) of St Louis, MO passed away from complications of ALS at age 32 on July 5, 2020 in Creve Coeur Missouri. Stephanie was born February 18, 1988 in Wentzville, MO. She spent her childhood in O’Fallon, MO, playing sports, writing, drawing, painting, and running around with her big brother and little sister. She graduated from Ft. Zumwalt West High School in 2006 and then attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2011. Stephanie began her career teaching art in the Warrenton Mo R III School District and later, at both Ft. Zumwalt West and Ft. Zumwalt East High Schools. She continued her career as a Curriculum Designer and Learning Consultant for Centene Corporation in Clayton, MO. Stephanie married her soul mate, John P. Polston, on October 3rd, 2015 and they welcomed a daughter, Maggie James, into their lives on July 17th, 2018. Stephanie is survived by her husband, John P. Polston of St Louis; daughter, Maggie J. Polston of St. Louis; her parents, David C Garrison (Lori) of O’Fallon, MO and Mona J Garrison of Austin, TX; grandparents, Robert Brown of St Peters, MO and John and Margaret Dreyer of Warrenton, MO; siblings, David Cole Garrison (Vithya Murugan) of St Louis County, and Anna J Garrison (Ashley Ohlendorf) of St Louis County; In-Laws, Frank Polston (Sue) of St Louis County and Linda Beaton (Alex) of O’Fallon, MO. Stephanie also is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held privately by the family. In lieu of flowers, Stephanie asked that any donations be directed to her daughter, Maggie's, college fund. The family very much appreciates it! Please make checks payable to "College America" and mailed to 3120 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139. Please share a memory or story with the family on this website.


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Stephanie Rae Polston

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Lya Struckhoff

July 29, 2020

My dearest Steph, John , Maggie and Mona,

You are all some of the sweetest people i have Ever met! Steph i will Never forget our talks, hugs or cry’s! Prayers for sweet Maggie! Lots of hugs!

Cristina Smith

July 28, 2020

I was lucky to meet Stephanie and her family about a year ago when we begin cleaning for her and her family..she was such an amazing person with a beautiful smile every time I saw her..thank you all for letting me and my teammate Evelyn spend this last year being a part of your story..she will be missed.

Mona Garrison

July 14, 2020

My sweetie, my daughter...I am so proud of you. I will always love and miss you all the days of my life. Mom. This is a photo of Steph and her dear Maggie.

Sharon Pate

July 13, 2020

I worked with Stephanie for a brief time but will always remember her for her big smile, great sense of humor and gracious manner. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Amelia Mason

July 12, 2020

Today is a sad day.
It took my breath away when I saw this.
I was good with art but not in art class, I struggled with the imagination aspect of art and needed a push to help me reach another level of potential and of course a good grade haha.
When I first started in not only a high-school with big kids it was a new one at that. I had a difficult time making friends and was spending lunches in the library for quite some time.
Not long after I started spending them in her art room while she showed me what beautiful art can do for you. To her art wasn’t just about what you drew on a piece of paper she was so positive and uplifting 24/7 I could never understand that even when she was frustrated and having a bad day how she could continue to be this genuine work of art she was. I passed that class and made all kinds of new friends and even when I didn’t have her as a teacher anymore every morning I would see her big smile! Today god gained a beautiful work of art.
May you Rest in piece and thank you for your encouraging and kind impact in my life that I will never forget.

Lyndsay Lamey

July 11, 2020

I was in a few of Mrs. Polstons art classes in high school, and she wasn’t just a teacher. She was also a friend to her students, and I remember many a times talking to her about the most random things after class or school. I remember when my friend and I were working the scoreboard for a soccer game with her and she taught us the pancake dance. She was easy to talk to and truly cared about her students, and she even asked some of us to make table card numbers for her wedding. I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Europe with a group of students after our senior year that was organized by Mrs. Polston. I still look back on that trip and think of the fond memories, and that trip still inspires me today to get out and see the world. I have her to thank for that! (Picture below was the groups last night of the trip on a beach in Barcelona) Mrs. Polston made an impact in my life and other students for the better.

Sam Spicer

July 11, 2020

Mrs. Polston was single handily my biggest inspiration in High School she taught me to find the passion for art and design that I never knew I had and I have never felt more connected to a teacher in my life. I am truly devastated and I hope that she continues to bless everyone she interacts with even if she is no longer with us here on this planet.

Skye Parker

July 11, 2020

I didn't have her in classes, but I was on a trip she was helping with my senior year. She was so helpful and nice during the time we were preparing for and going on it.

Caitlyn Vestal

July 11, 2020

Mrs. Polston was my teacher at Fort Zumwalt East. I had two of her classes back to back, which always led to lengthy conversations about music and conspiracy theories. I even remember decorating one of her table numbers for her wedding. She was such a kind and selfless person. She is forever loved and will be missed by many.

Jamie King

July 11, 2020

Stephaine, (Mrs. Garrison) was a teacher of mine at fort Zumwalt East. I was lucky enough to have her 3 out of the 4 years I was in high school. Through that time I was in an abusive relationship and shared a class with her along with boyfriend at the time. She was the soul reason I made it through high school. She helped me out in so many more ways then just being an art teacher. She had my back through some of the darkest moments I’ve been through. Taught me things about life I thought I’d never need to know. She truly was a one of kind. Such a caring selfless person and I’m so glad I go to be apart of her classroom. She genuinely cared about each and every one of her students and loved talking about her daughter with the class. She will be missed by so many. Your whole family is in my prayers. Thank you Stephanie.