Stephanie Renee Benter (née Collins) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on September 6th, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and Nana who had the biggest heart to exist on earth. Everyone who walked through her door was treated as family.
Stephanie was born on June 29, 1967 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri to Thomas A. Collins and MaryLou Collins (née Johnson). She spent her formative years in Grandview, MO, graduating from Grandview High School in the Class of 1985. Stephanie met her husband Michael in 1986 and they were married in 1988. Together they welcomed two sons, Michael in 1993 and Thomas in 1995. She had a twenty year career in the accounts recievable department at the University of Missouri Kansas City, followed by a couple wonderful years working for POAH Communities. She made many lifelong friends and wonderful connections through her professional life. One of her many hobbies was tending to her plants, which she loved to grow and nuture. Stephanie also enjoyed reading and was a big fan of Stephen King.
Stephanie was preceeded in death by her parents, Thomas A. Collins in 2012 and MaryLou Collins in 2011. She is survived by her husband Michael Benter of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; sons Michael Benter II (Taylor) of Blue Springs, Missouri and Thomas Benter of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; daughter Abbagail Mock of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; granddaughters Amber Lowe and Kira Benter; grandson Zaiyne Ferguson; sister Angela Lothamer of Raytown, Missouri; niece Kyli Lothamer of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; nephew Chance Lothamer of Raytown, Missouri; and many other close family and friends.
Honoring Stephanie’s wishes the family is hosting a Celebration of Life for Stephanie on Saturday, September 16th at 12pm at their home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.