Stephanie Mercer

CARROLLTON, Texas — Stephanie Mercer, 49, of Carrollton, Texas, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Private family interment will be held in the Columbus Cemetery, prior to the service. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Gass Haney Funeral Home in Columbus. Memorials may be directed to those of the family's or donor's choice, or to Sammy's Superheroes. A luncheon at the Ramada will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, following the service. A celebration of Stephanie's life will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Courtyard by Marriott, 1201 Raiford Road, Carrollton, Texas.

Stephanie Michelle Mercer lost her battle with cancer on Sept. 20, 2017, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. A valiant warrior, she never gave up and fought the good fight to the end. She has been welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven to suffer no more and has been reunited with loved ones she held dear and who cherished her as we all did.

Stephanie was born on Sept. 13, 1968, to Kenneth Mercer and Terri (Bauer) Mercer in McCook. She shared the same birthday with her father -- both were born on Friday the 13th and we were blessed to celebrate her last birthday together. Stephanie loved her family -- always thoughtfully remembering special days and spending time with them just doing the simple things that made lasting memories.

Everyone knows that she was the epitome of a Nebraska Cornhusker fan! Nebraska red was truly her color! Her wardrobe consisted of clothing for work and Nebraska gear for the rest of the days, with an exceptional nod to Texas A&M for her son’s activities. She was a sports fan through and through and enjoyed the opportunities to cheer on the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers often while attending their games.

Stephanie loved her friends and maintained and treasured her older relationships. Although shy, she had an infectious smile, was generous, caring and put others first. She had a phenomenal work ethic whether it was starting as a teenager at McDonald’s to working right up to the end at Bank of The West, Irving branch, where she was a vice president/lending for 19 years. She possessed that wonderful Midwestern ethic and was kind, helpful and caring to all of her clients and they in return loved her. Prior to moving to Texas she also worked at Columbus United Federal Credit Union and Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union.

Stephanie’s passion was music, especially '80s. Before she was a year old she was pulling herself up to the “8 Track Player,” pushing the tape in, and dancing to the music. Eventually she and her sisters spent endless hours entertaining themselves as she choreographed dances and they whirled and twirled around the living room for hours on end. She loved going to Las Vegas and was a huge fan of the show “Raiding The Rock Vault.” Her wish was to share that experience with most of her sisters in August. Stephanie played in the Columbus High band, as well as participating in flag corps, was an honor student, and graduated in May 1986. She also attended CCC-Platte Campus.

Stephanie loved dogs and it seems they knew a good thing when they saw her, as one was always in her lap to be spoiled. No matter who the dog belonged to, it quickly became “Hers,” including her son’s Papillion, “Husker” -- he will truly miss her.

The love of her life was her son Brett! She was so proud of his many accomplishments, but couldn’t have been more thrilled than the day he graduated from Texas A&M with an engineering degree in industrial distribution. She was truly a dedicated mother and raised a wonderful young man to carry on her legacy.

Stephanie is survived by her son Brett Soulliere of Dublin, Ohio; parents Terri (Dennis) Hirschbrunner of Columbus and Kenneth (Glenda) Mercer of Carrollton, Texas; sisters Kellie (Francisco) Arriola of Little Elm, Texas, and her children Madelyn and Ella, Jennifer (Ben) Kiser of Lincoln and her children Sophie, Frannie and Isabel, Brittany (Matt) Travers of Omaha and her child Hudson, Stephanie (Michael) Schmidt of Prosper, Texas, and her children Kirsten and Keira, Shana Hirschbrunner of Columbus and her children Chloe and Peyton, Natalie (Mark) Lumpkin of Grapevine, Texas, and her children Avery and Lyla and Jaclyn (Dustin) Neyra of Cornith, Texas, and her children Hunter and Annabelle.

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