Stefanie L. Pratt
Stefanie L. Pratt
  • March 22, 1963 - May 5, 2017
  • Kettering, Ohio

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Stefanie Leigh Pratt
March 22, 1963 - May 5, 2017

Stefanie L. Pratt, age 54, stepped from this earthly life into life everlasting with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 5, 2017. She probably feels a little sorry for the rest of us as we patiently await our graduation to heaven. Always the life of the party, Stefanie is now experiencing the party of all time.
Stefanie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 22, 1963. After a brief time there, her family moved to Speedway, Indiana. She graduated from Bethesda Christian High School in 1981. She was involved in many extracurricular activities in school including basketball, volleyball, and drama. She played the part of Mrs. Boyle in Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," and Gertrude in "The Matchmaker." Math was never a strong point for Stefanie and she often joked about the horrors of it. She excelled in language and literature coursework, and went on to graduate from Cedarville College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During her Junior year, she played Mrs. Van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank."

For 28 years, Stefanie has worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in several different capacities. The most recent position she held was the Director of EEO. She was recently awarded the Exemplary Civilian Service Medal for her outstanding work. Never one to sit idle, Stefanie managed to spend many hours serving in her church as the children's choir director, taking ballroom dance lessons, acting in community theater, and doting on her nieces. She played memorable characters in "The Dixie Swim Club" and "The Hallelujah Girls." Her role as Mary Surratt in "The Trial of Mary Surratt" at the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest was by far a favorite. She made lasting friendships wherever she went. We joked about her phone being surgically attached to her hand so that she could keep track of her mass of friends. Social media was made with Stef in mind.

The reason that Stefanie can be assured that she is now whole and rejoicing in heaven is because she put her trust in Jesus Christ alone to make the way for her to be there. She entered into a relationship with God on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He conquered death for all who will come to Him and receive forgiveness for sin by putting their trust in His sacrifice for us. He is the one mediator between God and man, 1 Timothy 2:4-6. She wanted all to know this.

Stefanie is survived by her parents, Kermit and Ozella Pratt, her sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Brad Hayward, her nieces Natalie and Rachel Hayward, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and her precious greyhound dog, Bambi.

We would like to acknowledge the support, help, and loyalty of her many friends from her church, Wright Patterson AFB, the theater community, Arthur Murray dance studio, and her neighborhood friends. Your outpouring of love for Stefanie is so much appreciated. Many thanks also go to Dr. Thomas Reid and the entire team of healthcare providers at Kettering Cancer Care for their expert care and love.

Visitation and viewing will be at Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH 45429 from 4 to 7pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 10am on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the church. Burial will follow at David's Cemetery, 4600 Mad River Rd., Kettering, OH. 45429.

Condolences can be sent to In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following: Washington Heights Baptist Church, Cedarville University, or Hospice of Dayton.