Stephanie D Carroll, PhD, LMHC, NCC
May 14, 1981 – December 23, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce that Stephanie went home to Jesus on Thursday, December 23, 2021 after an amazing, loving, unselfish life, despite living 8 ½ years with metastatic breast cancer.
Born and raised in West Palm Beach, she attended Holy Name of Jesus School, John I Leonard HS and UCF. After a short stint in the business world and being repeatedly told that she was much better suited to counsel and comfort customers, she got her Masters Degree in Counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She moved to Alabama to get closer to other family members and work as counselor. There she felt that God was calling her to get into the doctoral program and she was accepted to Auburn University, were she used her talents as a mentor for the football and baseball players. Her diagnosis of stage IV metastatic breast cancer and the prognosis for a six to 12 months lifespan on 6-13-13 only increased her zest for life. She turned her future over to God, relocated to WPB, under the care of a new physician, and set on a journey to work her bucket list. She completed her PhD while undergoing chemo therapy, completed a marathon and traveled around the country, Hawaii, Europe and South Korea. Working in the counseling field and teaching at different Universities, she finally was granted her dream job: Coming home to PBA to teach Christian Counseling, which she loved with a passion and only had to relinquish two months ago.
She was a truly humble lady, trusting in God, always looking to help or encourage others without complaining about her fate. She loved her dog, Leilah, and adored sunflowers.
Stephanie was a cherished daughter to Terry and Christa, and her half-sister Kathy, beloved niece to Rudi & Sylvia, Helmut & Christine, Juergen, Susanne & Volker, all of Germany, as well as Debbie & Gary, Sandy & Mark and by Linda, Bradleigh & Zeke, Terry & Alex, her “adopted” aunties. She had a special relationship with her cousin Joshua (Sarah) in Alabama and treasured Arne, Selina, Sebastian, Jan and Annalena as well as Aaron. She will be deeply missed by them all. Many close friends, acquaintances, colleagues and others whose lives she touched will feel the void.
A funeral mass will be held Thursday, Dec. 30 at noon at Holy Name of Jesus Church (345 S Military , WPB, Fl 33415)followed by a Celebration of Life gathering to share our awesome experiences having our lives touched by her presence in it. In lieu of flowers, she would have appreciated donations to Holy Name of Jesus Food Pantry to feed the hungry or Susan G Komen Foundation to help find the cure for breast cancer.