Stephanie Nicole Fugate

July 23, 1993 - October 04, 2011

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Stephanie Nicole Fugate, 18, of Garrett died Tuesday, October 04, 2011, as a result of an auto accident near Garrett.

She was a Senior at Garrett High School. She loved playing basketball and enjoyed music.

She was born July 23, 1993, in Kendallville to Sonny and Crystal (Hunter) Fugate. Her parents survive in Garrett.

Also surviving are a sister, Courtney (Cody) Osborn of Garrett; a brother, Corey (Morgan Husted) Fugate of Garrett; a niece, Sunnie Lynne Leon of Garrett; a nephew, Conrad Hunter Osborn of Garrett; maternal grandparents, Gary and Rema Hunter of Kentucky and Bill and Pam Bates of Kentucky; paternal grandmother, Kathy Fugate of Garrett; paternal step grandmother, Laura Fugate of Kendallville; maternal great grandmother, Margaret Slone of Kentucky; and paternal great grandmother, Mae Combs of Garrett.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Cody Fugate in 1992 and paternal grandfather, Jenings “Sonny” Fugate in 2006.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Harbor of Love Baptist Church, 2353 South Lima Road, Kendallville with Pastor Charlie Mosley of Harbor of Love Baptist Church and Pastor Terry Hinds of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Wolcottville officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Huntertown.

Calling is Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the church where there will be an evening service at 7 p.m.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is in charge of arrangements.

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marc jourdain
July 18th, 2018 1:52am
Baie-Comeau Canada

I never saw a so beautiful person. It's so sad to die this young. Life is so injust sometime. Condoleances to the family and friends.

Riana Light
March 8th, 2017 10:21am

Rest in peace...

betty degraw
August 8th, 2015 6:27am
Waterloo indiana

I miss you Stephanie you was the best friend to anyone and you help people girl I miss you sis rest in peace stepy

betty degraw
August 8th, 2015 6:23am
Waterloo indiana

I miss you Stephanie you was the best friend to anyone and you help people girl I miss you sis rest in peace stepy

December 8th, 2012 3:57pm

Still think about u everyday pretty. Love ya

September 14th, 2012 3:05am

It never gets any easier Stephanie.

August 11th, 2012 7:33pm
Pleasant Lake

Steph i miss u so much i just watched the video tribute and balled my eyes out, i miss you so much steph and wish u would just come back. Yah we fought and stuff but i wishi could be doing that instead of you being gone.

Kaylee Hall
November 6th, 2011 7:23pm

I miss you more than ever. You're always in my heart.

October 28th, 2011 7:39pm

Had you on my mind today Steph and thought i'd send ya a little message.. I love you girl & Thanks for always puttin a smile on my face everytime you were around..

marissa glover
October 23rd, 2011 10:49pm

i miss you girly it sucks without you being aroud no one can see ur pretty face love you steph you will be missed

Garrett Hunter
October 12th, 2011 1:20pm

We love you !

Dawn Hunter
October 9th, 2011 11:42am
Fort Wayne, IN

Sonny, Crystal and family Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Hold on to your faith and cherish the wonderful 18 years you were given.

Taya Firestone
October 9th, 2011 7:05am

Stephanie was an amazing friend. she always gad a way of making everything sound fun. she was one of the nicest people I've ever known. Stephanie was one in a million, and we all are going to miss her.

October 9th, 2011 12:24am
Tullahoma, Tn.

My heart breaks for you Crystal, Sonny,Courtney and Cory. I'm so sorry I love you all

October 8th, 2011 2:55pm

omg stephanie why? We miss you so much already this just isnt fair take me with you.. I love you stephanie forever and always

Taylor Nelson
October 7th, 2011 11:02pm
Garrett, IN

Stephanie was an amazing girl. I wish I had gotten the chance to know her better. Any time I talked to her, she was always the sweetest person. It didn't matter who you were, Stephanie was nice to you. Thats the kind of person she was. She will be missed by everybody and I know that I will never forget her. To the family: You are in my prayers. Rest in peace Stephanie.

Ted & Sally Thrush
October 7th, 2011 9:43pm
Garrett, IN

To The Family OF STEPHANIE FUGATE: Our sincerest sympathy in the loss of your daughter. May God keep you under his umbrella of love and wrap his loving arms around you. Love & Prayers, Ted & Sally Thrush

Teresa Collins
October 7th, 2011 6:54pm
Hindman, Ky

Just found out. I am so sorry. I love you.

Amanda swartz
October 7th, 2011 4:47pm
spencerville indiana

i love u stephanie ur a wonderful chick we will miss u dearly remember we know ur going to watch over us ur an amazing ANGEL LOVE U AMANDA SWARTZ DANE MAURICA DANE2 KNAPP

Angie Fritz
October 7th, 2011 4:18pm

I met Stephanie through my son Joey about 2 years ago. She walked through our front door and immediately picked up Joeys then 2-yr old brother and played on the floor with him like they'd known each other forever. She laughed loving him him crawl all over her!! I was impressed by her warm character and genuine smile. She truly was a one-of-a-kind gal that has definitely made a very positive impact on many, many lives. My heart aches for Stephanie's family and friends and know that the memories of her will be forever in your heart! God bless you and be with you!

Travis Stirewalt
October 7th, 2011 3:56pm
Murfreesboro, TN

Crystal and family. I heard from Tonya this morning about Stephanie. Words cannot express how truly heartbreaking that news was. Prayers are with you all, Garrett and the rest of the family in this very difficult time. Much love. Travis

shelby flauding
October 7th, 2011 2:30am

Stephanie was an amazing, funny, kind and an awesome friend. we all loved her, she will be truly missed and loved forever. i know everyone at school really will miss her. i know i do. i'm sorry for your lose she was amazing. i'll think about her everyday for the rest of my life, and i know no one will ever forget who she was and what she meant to all of us. she's safe now. R.I.P Stephanie. we love you!

Donna Stayner
October 7th, 2011 12:06am

My DEEPEST SYMPATHY Pours out for the Loss of Your Daughter. I found this Little Verse to share. Cherish Stephanie's Memories and Hold them close for these will get you through until you can see her again. GOD BLESS!!! It will be the little things that you will remember the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memory of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again

Alanna Coffelt
October 6th, 2011 11:38pm
kendallville IN

I am so sorry you lost your daughter. She looks very sweet and beautiful. How sad this is for her family and friends. Many blessings to you.

george and wendy brumbaugh
October 6th, 2011 10:22pm


Tim Price and family
October 6th, 2011 9:57pm
Avilla, IN

Sonny and Crystal: I am truely sorry for the loss of your daughter. I've known you guys most of my life and you guys don't deserve this and neither did your daughter!! I have four teenagers still at home and couldn't imagine our lives without any of them. So I once again tell you that I am very truely sorry about Steph. You can see a lot of Sonny in her. If you guys need anything at all don't be afraid to stop and ask.

tifanie anderson
October 6th, 2011 7:24pm
hindman, kentucky

I am so sorry for your families loss. Steph was so speical and loved everywhere. I adored her. My heart breaks for you all. Your family is so speical to me and I will always hold you all close to my heart. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all!

Jaiden Hatzell
October 6th, 2011 6:04pm
Garrett IN.

Steph you were an awesone girl let me tell you. You were the realist. Me n thomas miss you soo much hunn, hugs n kisses.

Danielle Kiracofe
October 6th, 2011 1:13pm
Eastside Jr./Sr. High School

Stephanie Fugate A Friend;;A Sister;;A Hero! Stephy Girl; I’ll Always Remember All the Good Times We Had Together Though There Were Very Few; They Were Always a Blast Some of the Best Times I’ve Had in the Past Stephy Dear; You Were Always There Hard Times, Fun Times, Great Times We Shared You Were the Life of the Night and Always Bold You are Always Going to be Known as the Girl with a Heart of Gold Stephy The Flirt; Yep, She was Always Sweet Ask ALL of Her Friends! She’d Make Your Day Complete A Personality that was Out of this World There Was a Kindness Followed Her Every Word Stephy Sweetie; Your Gone to Quick! I Miss You A lot, My Heart Feels Sick All of Your Friends, We Love and Miss You We’ve Been Mourning, Remembering, and Crying too. Stephy Darling; Your Watching Over us Now All Your Friends are Asking God “Why Now?” He Took You Back to Early, There Was so Much More to do A Bright Soul, A Great Girl, With A Good Future too Stephanie; 18 years of Greatness! We All Remember Great Times and Your Kindness You’re A Friend! A Sister! And Even A Hero Steph! You May be Gone but in Our Hearts; You’ve Never Left. We Love You Stephanie Fugate! RIP Forever Girl! *family and friends are in my prayers. Stephy was a great girl and an even better friend:) ill always remember the smile she put on everyone's faces.

Mary Schendel
October 6th, 2011 10:35am
Garrett Middle School

Your family are in my deepest thoughts and prayers. Stephanie always made me smile. It didn't matter were I ran into her, she always would say hello how are you Mrs. Schendel. It always brightened my day. Stephanie is a very special young lady and will be missed very much by all.

Tammy Combs
October 6th, 2011 9:11am

So so sorry for your loss on a beautiful child. My heart breaks for your whole family.

October 6th, 2011 4:46am

Steph, baby girl i love you so so much little girl !

melissa sue
October 6th, 2011 4:34am

Dear Miss Stephanie I know that i didnt know you as you was growing up but i remember you as a baby..i could never understand why God had to take the children that was way to young to leave us but we all have been told that God puts everyone on this earth for a special reason..and yours was to make your mother and father so very happy in the 18 years you was on earth..may you rest in peace now Stephanie and please watch over your Mother and Father as they will need it. and your brother and sister and the rest of your family who misses you so very much..R.I.P lil lady

Amy Thrush
October 6th, 2011 4:25am

To my Family : sending you all thoughts of love and prayers of comfort these days and all the days to follow. If any of you ever need anything just call... Much love xoxo

Chris Payton
October 6th, 2011 4:18am

Sonny and Crystal...I wish there was something I could say other than I am sorry to comfort you but I cant. I know your family has the lord on your side and he won't put any more on you than you can bear, which tells me he will guide you through this journey. I love you guys and I am truly praying for your entire family.

Rick and Connie Frost
October 6th, 2011 4:18am
Fort Wayne IN

Stephanie is such a beautiful young lady. Very sad and heart breaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless you all.

Brandy Brown
October 5th, 2011 7:26pm

Stephanie, You Will Be Remembered By Many!! We All Miss You! To The Family, Im Sorry About Her. You Guys Are In Our Thoughts And Prays!!

Tosha Rollins
October 5th, 2011 6:17pm
Ashley, IN

Stephanie you will always be remembered. To her family that I've always known, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jackie Farmer
October 5th, 2011 3:31pm
Murfreesboro, TN

I'm very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. I love you.

Tonya Sparkman-Stirewalt
October 5th, 2011 3:29pm
Murfreesboro, TN

I'm so sorry Crystal for the loss of your daughter. I just found out from Mom. I don't know what to say but you and your family are in my thoughts at this time...

Holly Joseph
October 5th, 2011 1:55pm
Garrett High School

With deepest sympathy... So many are thinking of you and praying that you are touched by God's loving hand. Stephanie was joy to know and I will miss her beautiful mischievous smile!! Thinking of the family and all that are struggling with the loss of such a beloved young lady.

Kelly Kellen - Gomes
October 5th, 2011 12:25pm

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of great loss and sorrow. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Jill (Engel) Walworth
October 5th, 2011 11:29am
Lagrange, In

Crystal and Sonny My deepest sympathies on your loss. She was a beatiful girl, Parents should not have to bury their children. You and your family are in my thoughts an prayers.

Fairl & Brenda Sparkman
October 4th, 2011 9:31pm
McMinnville, Tn

Words cannot convey how sorry we are to hear of your loss.Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. much love to you all.

becky vogel
October 4th, 2011 8:30pm

Crystal and Sonny and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you at this time.