Steffani Stephenson Box, 76, passed away on October 17, 2019 after a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; her mother and father, Kathryn and RC Stephenson, Jr., her sister, Kathy Stephenson; in addition to numerous other family members and close friends. What a homecoming that must have been! She was many things to us – wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, mother-in-law, and our best friend. To know her was to love her – she was a smart, sweet, kind, beautiful lady that lived her life to the fullest with a smile on her face– even while fighting this horrific disease. She enjoyed going to Galveston where she spent countless days with her wonderful loving husband of 28 years entertaining family and friends. She affectionately named their beach house, Steffani’s SandBox, where she found much comfort over the years.
Steffani was born December 2, 1942, in Baytown, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Baytown and raised her three daughters here. In 1965, she began a 38-yr career with the Humble Oil Baytown Refinery and eventually retiring with Exxon Chemical’s Baytown Olefins plant. Over the years she was responsible for coordinating the company’s contributions, community involvement, and Public Affairs programs in Baytown. Steffani was known in the company and the Baytown community for her expertise in and commitment to outreach activities. She was instrumental in establishing the United Way of Baytown’s annual Day of Caring. Steffani held many leadership roles in the community from Baytown Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Partner in Education Programs in GCCISD schools, Lee College Foundation Board, the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center Board of Directors and many more. Steffani was also an active member of the Thursday Forum Ladies Club. She grew up attending the First Christian Church and went to Robert E. Lee High School.
Survivors include Steffani’s husband, Jerry Box; daughter, Susan Craig and husband Russell Craig; daughter, Lauri Donnelly; and daughter, Connie and Patrick Dando; stepson, Richard and Jill Box; stepson, Michael and Shelly Box; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Beverly Jacomini; Martha Lou Fullick; and Jancy Ervin and many lifelong friends. We cannot begin to express how thankful we are to Donna Woodrome and Christi Robertson of Simply Care for their wonderful gift of love and care for her.
She fought a good fight, she finished the course, and she kept the faith.
Visitation will be at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home, Monday, October 21st from 4 – 8 pm. A private family service will follow on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to MD Anderson in memory of Steffani Box.
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