Loved Ones Say Last Goodbyes to Stephanie Petty With Balloon Release


Around 1:10 am Saturday, Stephanie Petty was traveling north on S. Willis and disregarded a flashing red light. The Toyota she collided with was traveling east on S. 14th and had a flashing yellow light. The accident took her life.

Thursday evening, dozens of loved ones from near and far came to Abilene to celebrate the life of “Steph,” someone they say the world is a little less pleasant without.

Her friends gathered to read what another close friend had posted on social media.

“She always treated me with kindness and respect whether I was at my worst, or at my best. She always had open arms and the most infectious smile,” Andrea Harden, friend of Petty reads.

After her ‘homegoing’ celebration at South Point Church, the sky quickly filled with balloons, all shades of pink, Petty’s favorite color. The hands that let them go said one last goodbye as they drifted off into the distance.

“She impacted all of Texas and we love and miss her,” said Amanda Calderon, another close friend.

Following the balloon release, Petty’s closest friends gathered for food, fun, and laughter at another friend’s house because that’s the way, they say, Steph would have had it.

Stephanie Petty was an employee at the Southwest location of Sport’s Clips. Both locations were closed Thursday so that all of her co-workers were able to attend the service.

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