In June of 2015, we experienced what no parent should ever have to endure. Our daughter Stephanie, and three of her children, Taylor, P.J. and Jesse lost their lives in a horrific auto accident, while in route to a summer vacation. We established Stephanie's Angels nonprofit in hopes of turning our tragedy into something positive for families experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or the constraints of catastrophic illness, in the Greater Phoenix area and students at Franklin High School in EL Paso, Texas.
Stephanie was the oldest of our three children, and our only daughter. She was a stay at home mom and homemaker, who also ran online sewing business. She designed and sewed one of a kind children's clothing, purses and bags.
Taylor, age 18 was our oldest grandchild and had just graduated from Franklin High School 2 weeks prior to the accident. She was a fun loving and kind hearted girl who planned to pursue a career in criminal justice.
P.J., age 14 had just graduated from the 8th grade and looked forward to attending high school. He excelled at throwing the discus for his school track and field team. He was also the family jokester, and could make us laugh with his many antics.
Jesse, age 11 loved playing football and was made the quarterback for the teams he played on. He excelled in school and attended the gifted program throughout elementary school. Jesse was also super sweet and was always looking out for his friends.