September 9, 2018

SANDRA LEE “SANDY” STEPP, 81, of Huntington, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Paramount Senior Living at Cabell Midland after a lengthy illness. Sandra was born in Huntington to the late Theodore “Ted” and Eula Lee Bliffen. In 1957, she married the late Robert “Bob” Stepp, also of Huntington. Shortly after their marriage, they founded Creative Kitchens, one of Huntington’s oldest local businesses. Later in life Sandra had a career in real estate with Old Colony Realtors. Sandra’s children remember her as a loving mother who balanced her time between home and work at the family business. As a talented artist, Sandra enjoyed sharing her gifts with family and friends, whether it was painting portraits of family members or creating an inviting home for guests. Also a passionate cook, Sandra loved hosting parties for her many friends and family. With no challenge too great, she could prepare an authentic Kentucky Burgoo for fifty or a birthday celebration with careful preparation of a “favorite” dish for the honoree of the day. Sandra also had an eye for interior design and created many of the beautiful displays throughout the showrooms at Creative Kitchens. As a member of the “Ladies 18 Hole” Group, Sandra loved to play golf at Guyan Golf and Country Club. She also enjoyed watching PGAgolf and attending football games and tailgating at any stadium where the Thundering Herd was playing. She rarely kept her competitive streak in check during games with family or friends. Along with her parents and her brother, William “Bill” Bliffen, Sandra was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Bob “Bobby.” Sandra is survived by her sister, Constance “Connie” Fleming, who relocated from Louisville, Ky., to lovingly care for her in the early stages of her illness. She is also survived by her children, Nancy L. (Mike) Rigney, Robert E. “Rob” (Jeanne) Stepp Jr. and Lee Ann (Olaf) Rask; six grandchildren, Matt (Anne) Walters, Todd (Shawn) Rigney, Ryan Stepp, Drew (Jessica) Rigney, Noah Rask and Lilli Rask; and eight great-grandchildren, Lauren, Natalie and Max Walters, Bryson, Brady and Bryant Rigney, Addison Stepp and Luca Rigney. The family deeply appreciates all of the caregivers at Paramount Senior Living as well as Hospice of Huntington for their skills, gifts, love, kindness and blessings. They are our angels. The family will receive visitors on Monday, September 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Beard Mortuary, Huntington. A family service will be held on Tuesday, September 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Ridgelawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at JDRF.org or Hospice of Huntington at hospiceofhuntington.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.beardmortuary.com.

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