Stacy Lynn Blake was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 14th, 1967 to Cheryl (Mayberry) and Jimmie Dal Blake. She came to be known as Steph (in her words, "Like Jesus, or Cher") and barred us all from calling her anything different. Steph was a devoted and loving mother who cherished and was intensely proud of her only son, Ian. She was a beloved daughter, friend, and sister whose absence will leave a lasting void for all who were lucky enough to know her.
Steph was a multifaceted woman with a heart of gold. She was rarely seen without a book, even if she was just reading The Princess Bride for the hundredth time, because one of her biggest fears was to be stuck waiting in public with nothing to read. Reading was an escape of sorts for her for her entire life, and she would breeze through literally anything in front of her in record time.
She was a formidable opponent in both pool and Scrabble, often leaving her friends and family in awe of her seemingly endless knowledge and skill. Her kind and optimistic nature made her a joy to be around, and she had a knack for making even the most mundane moments feel like an adventure.
She was the girl you wanted on your team on trivia night and loved a good healthy debate, especially when she proved someone wrong (which happened often because she had probably read a book about the subject). Steph firmly believed in loving the life you were given, even if you had to look a little harder to find the bright side, and she had a true gift of being able to see the beauty in just about anything. Her motto was "it could always be worse", and she lived her life with endless gratitude and an open heart.
Steph was a lover of all things musical theater. She could often be found belting out show tunes and songs from Burlesque in her living room, much to the delight (and occasional chagrin) of her son and neighbors. Her love for the stage was only rivaled by her passion for the classic TV show Firefly, which she would frequently quote and reference in everyday conversation. "I'm a leaf on the wind," she would say, as she gracefully navigated the chaos of life.
Times with Steph were simple, and memorable, all at once. Some of her favorite evenings were spent with close friends, cooking, playing scrabble or pente, and discussing everything from television to science and everything in between, all while listening to her favorite music (which always included at least a few selections from The Smiths, Incubus, and Toad the Wet Sprocket.) Steph loved baking and dinners with her friends and son, where the preparation, from the menu planning down to the dancing in the kitchen, was just as enjoyable as the food.
Steph is survived by her loving family and a legion of friends who will forever cherish the memories they shared with her.
As we say goodbye to our beloved Steph, let us remember her not with sadness, but with the same joy and optimism that she brought to our lives. And with that, we raise a glass to Steph Blake - a remarkable woman who made the world a brighter, funnier, and more beautiful place. May we all live our lives with laughter, love, and kindness, just as Steph did.
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