Stephanie Kay Kirkpatrick

January 16, 1985March 12, 2014
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STEPHANIE KAY KIRKPATRICK was born on January 16, 1985, and passed away on March 12, 2014. She was born in Corsicana, Texas, and lived there until she was 13, when she moved to Sugar Land, Texas. She attended St. Agnes Academy in Houston and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's Degrees in Liberal Studies and Psychology. She obtained a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Houston. At the time of her death she was a teacher at the Monarch School in Houston, Texas, a school dedicated to innovative education for children with neurological differences.

She is survived by her mother, Cynthia Newman Kirkpatrick; father, Neil Dean Kirkpatrick; brother, Dean Kirkpatrick; grandparents, Billye and Larry Newman and Lee and Maurice Kirkpatrick; and great grandmother, Celesta Koenig. She is also survived by her stepmother, Silvia Kirkpatrick; stepsister, Rebecca; aunts and uncles, Kent and Beth Newman, Steve and Peggy Kirkpatrick, and Greg and Nancy Kirkpatrick; and cousins, Brian, Kelly, Hank, Lindsay and Emily Kirkpatrick.

While Stephanie was taken from us way too soon, she accomplished a great deal in her life. Her abiding passion was music and she sang in the choir at St. Agnes as well as the "Triple Trio" an elite group of singers chosen by audition. She was chosen to perform a vocal solo in productions of The Messiah both at St. Agnes and Notre Dame. At the University of Notre Dame she was in the Pasquerilla East Music Company and the Chorale all while obtaining two bachelor's degrees. Once back in the Houston area, she showed her love for musical theatre and performing by supporting several regional theatre companies appearing in Annie, Tarzan, Legally Blonde, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Music Man, Nunsense, and Little Women to name a few.

Stephanie was also passionate about special education issues and had just been named a finalist for the 2014 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award, a regional award to recognize educators who develop exemplary programs to heighten awareness of and respect for diversity.

Stephanie's family would like to thank all their family and friends for the outpouring of love and concern during this difficult time. Your support has been overwhelming. Stephanie's brother Dean said it best when he said "Life is precious and wonderful because of people like Stephanie, even if at times it can be brutal. We owe it to each other to love all the time, regardless of the circumstances".

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either:

The Monarch School 2815 Rosefield Dr. Houston, TX 77080


St. Agnes Academy 9000 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77036

or to the charity of your choice. Funds will be set up at both entities to support issues that Stephanie was involved in.


  • Visitation Monday, March 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Aimee Abben

March 25, 2014

Cindy, I am so heartbroken to learn of this inconceivable tragedy. Stephanie was truly an amazing human being. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Katharine Hable Sweeney

March 24, 2014

So very sad to hear this news about Stephanie. Such a beautiful girl from a wonderful hometown family. Sending prayers and love and peace during this very hard time. Our hearts are with you all.

Donna O'Kelly

March 24, 2014

Our most heartfelt sympathy is with the Kirkpatrick family at Stephanie's tragic loss. Clearly, she was an amazing daughter, sister, teacher, and friend. God Bless.

Terry and Pete McElroy

March 24, 2014

To the whole family: our hearts go out to you! May God give you all you need each hour by hour. May you be surrounded by close family and friends for strength as well. Prayers are going up for you!!

Koorosh Vafadari

March 21, 2014

Neil, my dear friend. I just heard about this horrible news. There simply are not enough words that can describe the suffering you are going through right now. Such a beautiful life cut down so soon.

Neil we do not know why God allows us to go through such suffering but he promised that we would. Sometimes God calls those he loves the most home sooner. I know that today your angle is with him waiting to see you again in his kingdom. Please accept my deepest sympathies for you, Sylvia, and your family. You will be in my prayer. Koorosh

John 6:40
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Mark and Kathleen Legrand

March 21, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts search with yours for understanding and comfort. Prayers that peace may come to your family...

Betsi Legrand Jones

March 21, 2014

Neil, I'm so sorry for your whole family for all of whom I'm praying for peace some day soon.

Farhad B. Hashemi

March 20, 2014

My deep sympathies. Hearing about Stephanie from my daughter (Marzieh) broke my heart. She sounds like a gentle beautiful soul and a wonderfully kind teacher.

May god bless her soul, and may she rest in peace.

Leslie Rhodes

March 20, 2014

Stephanie was such a beautiful and talented young woman. My husband and I had the pleasure of directing The Wiz which she was in, and then she helped out with teaching summer camps and assistant directing a show for Applause Theatre in north Houston. The kids absolutely loved her as did the staff. We had a hard time believing that anyone so talented and ambitious was still so generous of their time. She volunteered and went above and beyond for us always. I also had the pleasure of meeting Dean at our production of "13" that Stephanie helped with and I remember how proud she was to introduce her dad. I wanted to stay and talk to you Dean after the services yesterday but when I saw your face, my heart welded up with so much sadness for your loss that I couldn't even speak. I am so very sorry for this horribly sad end to the beautiful life of your sweet daughter. She truly was loved by so many. I wish that you had access to all of the texts and emails going back and forth between hundreds of Stephanie's friends...talking about all of the memories that we have of the good times she helped create. There is no justice for your loss, but the knowledge that you and Cindy raised such a beautiful young lady who changed everyone's life who knew her in such sweet and positive ways. I feel so lucky to have known her and I wish that I could help fill the void. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and we feel Stephanie's spirit even now. Rest it peace sweet girl.

Sandra Barker

March 20, 2014

Neil and Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches knowing the pain you are enduring. Stephanie grew into a beautiful, talented young lady and was taken from this world way too soon. Please know you are all in my prayers.