Stephanie Whitworth Pawley, age 66, of Rockwall, Texas, passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 25, 2014, following a courageous seven-year battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 29, 1947, in New York, NY, to Stephen and May-Britt (Henriksen) Kronberg. Stephanie earned a Master’s Degree in education from Florida State University (FSU), and was a member of the FSU Flying High Circus performing on the trapeze, perch pole and roller skates throughout her college career. In addition, she was an accomplished water ski performer at Callaway Gardens. Her experience led to the development of many lifelong friendships with her fellow performers. Stephanie also had a great love for snow skiing, which she enjoyed with many friends and her family.
Professionally, Stephanie had a very successful career as a reading teacher and education administrator for the Atlanta Georgia School District. Upon moving to Rockwall 20 years ago with her loving husband Ray, she began a second career in real estate. Stephanie counts many of her colleagues and clients among her best friends. She also enjoyed a unique bond with any and all animals. Throughout her entire life Stephanie surrounded herself with cats, dogs and ducks, and had a special fondness for giraffes. She frequently rescued strays and nursed injured animals back to health, including “Big Bopper,” a magnificent mallard duck whose story was chronicled in a front page story “Visitor Checks Out With A Clean Bill of Health” in the Rockwall-Rowlett Morning News on July 7, 2004.
Stephanie lived a life of openness, generosity and courage, always serving as a source of strength for others throughout her illness. She had an infectious smile, beauty and spirit that affected everyone she came in contact with. Stephanie enjoyed entertaining and welcoming people into her home and life. She and Ray were inseparable throughout their life together and had a relationship that was admired by many. Stephanie’s spirit will live on in the lives of Ray, her family and all the people she touched. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Rockwall.
In addition to her loving husband Ray, Stephanie is survived by her sister, Cassandra Lindsey, husband Robert and son John of Saratoga Springs, NY; half-brothers Stephen Kronberg and wife Elizabeth of Marblehead, Mass., and Phillip Kronberg and wife Rachel of Kennewick, Wash.; half-sisters Ingrid Hodgers and husband Scott of Marblehead, Mass., and Sonya Kronberg of Kennewick, Wash.; stepsisters Toni Kronberg of Snowmass, Colo., Karen Leonink and husband Perry of Middletown, NY, and JoAnn Papenfus and husband Kurt of Snowmass, Colo.; daughters Nicole Russell and son Justin of Gatesville, Texas and Stacey Pawley of Hollywood, Fla.; and 10 additional nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of the Life of Stephanie Whitworth Pawley will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Allure Restaurant, 501 Yacht Club Drive, Rockwall, Texas 75032.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Stephanie’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1942 (www.stjude.org.) or In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center, PO Box 968, Wylie, Texas 75098 (www.insyncexotics.com.)
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  April 3, 2014