Stephanie Ruth Hoy

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Stephanie Ruth Hoy, 42 of Kalamazoo, Michigan departed this earthly life on December 26, 2021.

Stephanie was preceded in death by her mother Deborah Ruth Hoy, her fraternal grandparents Bell Sr. and Nancy Hoy and her maternal grandmother Naomi Ruth Easley and her Uncles Lester Hoy and Tyrone Hoy.

Stephanie graced this earth in Waukegan, Illinois the first child of Bell and Deborah Hoy on September 19, 1979. Stephanie was a loving, kind and curious child who cherished her parents and brothers Bell Hoy III and Kaiden Michael Thompson dearly.

Stephanie excelled throughout her school years from kindergarten through college having graduated with honors from Northland High School (Columbus Ohio City Schools) in 1997. Stephanie went on to attend and graduate from THE Ohio State University (Main Campus) in 2001 earning a B.A. in Economics.

Stephanie enjoyed a very successful career in the fields of business and business management serving in the role of Senior Project Manager for several Fortune 500 corporations in the United States, Europe, India, Serbia and the Ukraine. Stephanie earned many professional certifications throughout her career affording her increased responsibilities and recognition, which afforded her the opportunity to work across the world sharing her passion and expertise.

Stephanie leaves to cherish her memory her father, Bell (Jimia) Hoy Jr.; brothers, Bell Hoy III and Kaiden Michael Thompson; sisters, Ashley and Marissa Thompson; along with her prized miniature Italian Greyhound, Arlo Hoy. Stephanie enjoyed the blessing of a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who will never forget her love for them.

Stephanie loved life and she held close her special “people” who poured into her journey in their special way. Stephanie will remain forever in the hearts and minds of her godmother, Justine Cooper; long time significant other, James Blake; her best friends, Calvin James and Regina Meeks; along with her cousin, Charmaine (Jeffrey) Harris-Hillary and her son, Robert Ware who regarded “Steph” his friend, mentor and sister.

The family will receive visitors at The Chapel of Peace 2500 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211.

Stephanie will be laid to rest at Glen Rest Memorial Estate in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that monetary donations be made on behalf of Stephanie Ruth Hoy to Diabetes Sisters. Diabetes Sisters is a 501 (c)( 3) whose primary focus is to improve the health and quality of women living with diabetes and to advocate on their behalf., 1112 W. Boughton Road #180, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, or Please ensure to donate in honor of Stephanie, so Diabetes Sisters can recognize your contributions.

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, January 15, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Inurnment will be at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Jacqueline Lear

    Sending my prayers and condolences to the family. May God be with the family and strengthen your hearts this is my orsyer.

  2. SANDRA McMillan

    Please accept my deepest sympathy I am so sorry what a Beautiful young Lady she called me when her mom died i did not know her we talk like we been friends a long time just like her mom we came to know each other by phone calls we talk every day deb and I i really miss her phone calls to the Family i know you will miss her but ther is Hope John5:28_29 please read
    may you have comfort from the God of comfort Jehovah Love sandra mcmillan

  3. Kristina Garner

    I work with Bell and he talks about his family all the time. The love and regard he has for all of them is evident when he speaks.
    From what I can tell, I missed out by not having the chance to meet Stephanie.
    My heart goes out to all of you. Please know prayers and love are being sent your way. I’ve lost many loved ones and you only learn to live with it, there’s no getting over it. Please take care!

  4. Sean Billingslea

    Bell and family,
    May God’s peace be with you during this tragic time of loss. Words cannot describe my condolences but you have them. Stephanie was like my little sister! She will be sorely missed.

  5. Jodi & Roger Eckerman

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Thinking of you and the family in these difficult times. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Stephanie was a beautiful person with a beautiful smile!

  6. Monique Jacquet

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Stephanie’s passing. I met Stephanie when she was a senior at Northland HS and I was an undergraduate student-teacher assigned to her English class with Mrs. Flesch. Stephanie was a brilliant young lady with a warm and magnetic personality — and a love for knowledge. We remained close through her years at OSU, and it was a joy to watch her come into her own and set out on the adventure we call life. I am not surprised to learn that she was successful in her professional endeavors, because she settled for nothing short of excellence in all that she pursued.
    Mr. Hoy and Bell … you two were her “guys” and the loves of her life. I never met either of you personally, but I have always known of the special bond you all shared.
    I will remember Stephanie fondly, and will continue to pray that your family be comforted knowing that Stephanie meant so much to so many.
    – Peace & Blessings

  7. Latasha Crawley

    Sending my deepest condolences and prayers of peace and comfort to the entire family. I attended school Northland (c/o 96) with Stephanie a beautiful soul that brought a smile to anyone she encountered. May she rest peacefully and my God bring comfort to you all during this time.

  8. Margie Dixon-Lewis

    I had the pleasure of knowing Stephanie over 10 years as she was part of my family’s inner circle due to her relationship with my nephew James known to me affectionately as Deuce . I have so many memories of her smile like a ray of sun exploding from the inside out and building into a crescendo with that soulful laugh of hers. My condolences to Deuce and Bell and Mr. Hoy and the entire family.
    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

    May you find comfort in loving memories, strength in the support of those who care
    Our heart aches with you.

  9. Beautiful online service…
    So sorry for your Loss…will miss Stephanie’s beautiful smile!!

    Thoughts and prayers for you Bell and family.

  10. Kai Gomes-Brown

    My deepest condolences to the Hoy family.

  11. Pastor Mel & Nicole Cartwright

    To our Brother, Elder Franklin Loper & Family
    You have our deepest sympathy and most fervent prayers. We marveled at how you loved your niece. Be encouraged.
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” – Corinthians 1:3

  12. To the Hoy Family, Charmaine (Candy) and Robert – I pray for your continued strength in the Lord during this bereavement period. I will continue to keep you lifted up in prayer. Stephanie was a beautiful and fun person.

  13. Valerie Collins

    Dear Hoy Family,
    I have extremely fond memories of Stephanie from our time at Northland HS and OSU. During this period, I considered her one of my dearest friends and I am still in disbelief at her early passing. I pray that you all can find comfort and peace in the beautiful person she was and in the memories you share of her. Again, my sincerest condolences and God Bless.

  14. J. Lloyd Merchant-Smith

    Rest easy, Stephanie

  15. Maureen, Nathaniel, Thomas

    Maureen and I met Stephanie when we lived in the same building as her in Pittsburgh. Throughout our two years there, she was generous, kind, thoughtful and friendly and we shared many an evening drinking and chatting together over dinner. No matter if it was passing in the hallway or having a drink in the evening, we enjoyed each others company. She was excited as we were for the arrival of our son, and ever supportive. We are grateful for the chance to have gotten to know and spend time with her, and our thoughts and prayer with her family and friends.

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