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Stephanie Lynn Lucente of Cleveland, Oklahoma passed away on Dec 8, 2020 following an illness of several months which she fought valiantly to overcome.
She was born to Leroy and Betty Wilkerson on April 5, 1967 at the US Naval Hospital at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida where her father was undergoing flight training with the US Marine Corps. That birth date was always easy for her to remember, being the consecutive numbers 4567. Stephanie and her parents moved to Cleveland in the fall of 1970 following her father's release from active duty.
Stephanie spent the remainder of her life in the Cleveland area, attended Cleveland schools, and worked most of her adult life providing health care to area residents through a number of health care facilities. She attended nursing school at Central Vo-Tech in Drumright where she achieved the designation as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
The arrival of a daughter, Courtnie, blessed Stephanie early in her career and she was again blessed later in life with arrival of two grandsons, Trenton and Tyler, both of whom received much of her attention in recent years. On May 20, 2002, she met the man who would become the love of her life, Arlie Lucente, and they were married on that same day three years later in 2005. They developed a very loving and caring bond between them like no other and that bond carried through until Stephanie's last breath as she passed in the presence of family and friends.
Family was very important to Stephanie and she worked diligently to provide care and comfort to all of her family and friends. Her culinary skills were remarkable and will certainly be missed by those who knew her and were recipients of her generosity and loving care. She was a very compassionate person and welcomed family, friends and even strangers at times into her home whenever they were in need, no matter the time of day or night. Her sisters say that was a trait she got from her mother, and her father would tend to agree.
Stephanie's compassion for the care and comfort of others that led her to become an LPN was passed on to her daughter, Courtnie, who studied very long and hard to become a Paramedic and who has worked several years with the local ambulance service to meet emergency care needs of the community.
Survivors include husband, Arlie Lucente, of the home; daughter, Courtnie Comfort, of Cleveland; grandsons, Trenton and Tyler Rigsby, of Cleveland; father, Leroy & Tanya Wilkerson, of Broken Arrow; sisters, Melanie Allen of Springfield, Missouri, and Natalie McCaslin and husband, Keith, of Cleveland; stepsisters, Jana Hagberg and husband, Ronnie, of Cleveland, and Lori Shenold of Sand Springs; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Wilkerson; maternal grandparents, Mac & Geneva McCutchen; and paternal grandparents, Wils & Vera Wilkerson.
Services will be December 12, 2020 at 10:30 at the First Baptist Church, Cleveland, Oklahoma, with interment at Woodland Cemetery. Chapman-Black is inchage of the arrangements. You may share a memory at www.chapman-black.com.