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Stephanie Draper

February 27, 1960 — January 5, 2023

Stephanie passed away in Palisade, Colorado, on January 5th, 2023, following a two year struggle with early onset Alzheimer's. She was only 62.

Stephanie possessed all of the qualities you would want in a spouse and friend. She was kind and loving, intelligent, attractive, creative, and extremely funny. Always the life of the party, there was laughter wherever she went, and her smile lit up every room.

Stephanie and I met on a house boat trip on Lake Powell in 2008. It was a whirlwind romance and after a private marriage ceremony in 2009 near Capitol Reef National Park, we lived in Moab, UT, Palm Springs, CA, and Fruita, CO. But Stephanie was always a California girl at heart.

Stephanie faced many difficult challenges throughout her life, but the outpouring of  love from her family and friends carried her through. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Morris and Louise Lefitz, and her older brother, David Lefitz. She leaves behind her son, Jordan Tendler. Stephanie requested to be cremated and did not wish for a ceremony or contributions of any kind.

Stephanie was my best friend and the love of my life. I will miss her every day.

Ted Draper

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