Remembering Lissa Stephens, 1958-2020

Family and friends are remembering Lissa Stephens, and sharing this remembrance with her community:

On April 19, 2020, Lissa Stephens passed away unexpectedly in her home at the age of 62.

She was born on February 1, 1958 and raised in Burien by her parents Norm and Nancy Kendig. Lissa graduated from Highline High School in 1976 and married her junior high school sweetheart, Bill Stephens, on June 14, 1980. Lissa and Bill made their home in West Seattle for over 40 years, sharing their home with many beloved cats.

After high school, Lissa pursued a career in the insurance field and then found a passion for the construction industry, where she worked on many big projects in the Seattle area, both as an Administrative Assistant and in Project Management.

Lissa cared very deeply for her family, friends, neighbors, and most of all, the children and godchildren in her life. Her generous spirit and compassion consistently made her the first to offer to help a friend, care for a family member, or assist a neighbor.

She was a world traveler, describing Paris as her “favorite place on Earth.” When in Seattle, you would find Lissa enjoying her arts and crafts, especially the jewelry she made and gave away for birthdays and holidays. Her favorite pastimes included being in a local book club and enjoying the camaraderie with those in her Fauntleroy YMCA Pilates class. She never missed an opportunity to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders.

Lissa was predeceased by her father, Norm. She is survived by her mother, Nancy, her brothers John and Paul, her nephew, Jeramy, her niece, Katelyn, as well as several cousins and extended family members.

Lissa’s amazing laugh and her infectious smile will be missed by all who knew her. A “Celebration of Life” will be planned when friends and family are able to gather after the Stay at Home/Stay Safe order has been lifted.

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11 Replies to "Remembering Lissa Stephens, 1958-2020"

  • Nicole April 30, 2020 (12:21 pm)

    Oh my! Rest In Peace Lissa.   I knew her from the Y Pilates but our paths crossed in many ways.  She was such a wonderful person. So generous, loving, and always ready to offer hugs and laughs.   

  • Marion Kari April 30, 2020 (2:31 pm)

    Lissa was a very caring and compassionate person who deeply loved her family, friends and community.  Her laugh and infectious smile warmed your heart.  Rest in peace, dear friend and know that you will truly live on in the hearts of those who loved you.  

  • Neighbor April 30, 2020 (2:42 pm)

    Always been a great neighbor, she will be missed 

  • Bmc April 30, 2020 (3:31 pm)

    I didn’t know her , but so young and very sad… RIP Lissa.

  • Nicole April 30, 2020 (6:35 pm)

    Lissa was a wonderful person.  She was too young to go!   I will miss crossing paths with her.  She was always a ray of positivity, laughs and encouragement.  

  • Hal April 30, 2020 (8:34 pm)

    There are many of us are deeply saddened by Lisa’s unexpected departure.  May God Bless and Keep her.There are few in this world who could so effectively engage people in dialogue with such a sense of kindness, compassion and genuine care.We all miss here.

  • Nathan May 1, 2020 (6:26 am)

    A bright star in West Seattle has been dimmed but her memories will shine on for years for those that knew and loved her.What a wonderful soul she was.My heart,much love & many hugs go out to Bill and all of her friends and family.Much love Lissa,may you rest in peace.You will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Sonja May 1, 2020 (6:35 pm)

    She was a kind neighbor, organized the children to carol to the neighbors over Christmas. She baked cookies and went around and sang with them. It’s a sweet memory we will carry on. And she would make peach cobbler for our neighborhood picnics. She has an unforgettable laugh and smile. 

  • Meg May 3, 2020 (7:01 pm)

    I was part of Lissa’s Pilates Posse, and a few other fun activities. She was an amazing person. I never dreamed that I would never see her again! She was like beautiful sunshine – warm, bright, bringing happiness and humor always. This loss will take awhile to sink in – and I see that I am not the only one feeling this way. It’s amazing how much love she was able to radiate to so many of us! I’m grateful to have known her.

  • Chris Ferris May 4, 2020 (11:22 am)

    I only met Lisa once at Dawnelle Andersons home for a soup exchange and I found her delightful as well as a great cook.  My condolences to all who knew and loved her. 

  • Judi Finney May 6, 2020 (8:18 pm)

    I am so very sad to read this news.  If Lissa’s mother Nancy reads this I would so like to connect with you. I attempted to send you an email to the old email address that I have however my email bounced back. I am very sorry Nancy, this is heartbreaking news.

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