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Stephanie Rhea Curry, age 51, of 615 Harman Way S, Orting, WA, met her Savior face to face on Friday, August 30, 2019, at her home surrounded by family after a year long battle with cancer. She came to Orting in July 2017, by the side of her husband to minister to their church family. She was born April 26, 1968, in Tachikawa, Japan to a military family. After graduation from Pensacola Christian College in Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, she began a teaching career which saw her impact the next generation of elementary students in Christian Schools in North Carolina, Georgia, and Ohio before finding a special place of service with her students and fellow teachers at Tacoma Baptist Schools, Tacoma, WA.
She was a member of Orting Community Baptist Church in Orting where she served faithfully as a pastor’s wife alongside her husband. She trusted Christ as her personal Savior after a backyard Vacation Bible School and surrendered to a call for lifelong ministry as a junior in high school. While teaching was her passion, she was active in the ladies and music ministry of her church, enjoyed working with the children’s special programs, and planning banquets and special events. She married Stephen Curry August 13, 1988. Over 30 years of ministry led them to Peoples Baptist Church in Greenville, NC, Grace Baptist Church in Gaston, NC, Oakside Baptist Church in LaGrange, GA, and Madison Missionary Baptist Church in Minford, OH before settling into a perfect fit at Orting Community Baptist Church of Orting, WA. She was a model of Christian grace in her role as a pastor’s wife, and she quickly became a beloved friend and counsellor everywhere she served.
She is survived by her husband Stephen Curry, 3 sons, Timothy and wife Emily of Lagrange, GA, Nathan and fiancé Anna of Orting, WA, and David and wife Carolyn of Orting, WA; 2 granddaughters, Olivia Gail and Emma Rhea of LaGrange, GA; her father, Robert Silver of Piketon; OH, Brother Robert and wife Gretchen of Newport News, VA; maternal uncle, Larry Lewis of Piketon, OH, several nieces and nephews that she adored and bragged on constantly; as well as 2 Brother In Laws Brad and Trish Curry of Monticello, IL; and Chad and Chrissy Leithleiter of LaGrange, GA. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her mother, Virginia Silver, and mother in law Nancy Leithleiter.
Visitation for family and friends will be at Orting Community Baptist Church, 308 Kansas St, Orting WA on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.. Funeral service will be held at OCBC on Saturday September 7, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with viewing from 9:00 A.M. before the service. Dr. Max Barton of Panama City, FL is officiating. She will be interred at Orting Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can made in her honor to the Orting Community Baptist Church Missions Fund.