Pella Chronicle


March 7, 2014

Stephanie Visser

Pella — Stephanie White Visser was born on May 25, 1965, to Dale and Marie White in Pasadena California. She was their only daughter and the youngest of three children: Franklin Robert White (Vanett) from Bountiful, Utah, and Christopher Maughan White, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Growing up in Southern California, Stephanie was involved in many activities that she loved. She enjoyed surfing at the beach and going to LA Dodgers games in the summer.

She loved motorcycle riding in the desert with her family, but her greatest love was horses. Stephanie would follow the veterinarian around at the Santa Anita Racetrack to learn all she could about her love, finally convincing her father that she needed an equine friend of her own. They spent many hours riding together in the hills behind their home and built a special bond. After graduating with honors from Marshal High School in Pasadena,

Stephanie’s love for animals sent her to Utah State University where she graduated in Animal Science and met her eternal companion David Scott Visser. They were married in Pasadena, California, on June 15, 1985, as Scott began his military career as an officer in the United States Army, which Stephanie strongly supported.

In 1993, Stephanie and Scott decided to move back to Scott’s hometown of Pella, Iowa, to raise their children and become part of the family business. Philip Dale Visser (23) and Gerrit Michael Visser (21) were born at Fort Drum, New York, and later their beautiful daughter, Rebecca Ann Visser (18), was born in Pella, Iowa. Stephanie loved her family dearly and was always there for them. Sacrificing as a stay-at-home mom, the children always knew she would be there when they arrived home.

She attended all their activities and supported them through all the great achievements and tears. Stephanie was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on June 1, 1973. Her strong faith was a constant reminder to her family about service and love for the Lord with her two sons being called to missions in Sierra Leone, Africa, and Long Beach, California. Stephanie, Scott and their children were sealed for time and all eternity in the Chicago Temple on March 18, 1995. Stephanie held many positions in the Church, including Young Women’s President and Primary President, as well as Chorister.

Stephanie was also involved in both Pella and Knoxville communities as past President of the Pella Quilt Guild and a member of the Knoxville Community Choir. Stephanie’s love for horses continued until her death and was a member of the Iowa Dressage and Combined Training Association. She enjoyed showing her horses and watching her daughter’s love for horses grow as she won numerous awards in dressage and jumping. Stephanie also liked trail riding with her husband and friends. Scott and Stephanie celebrated 25 years of marriage riding their horses through Rocky Mountain National

Park in Colorado. Stephanie was welcomed to her heavenly home on February 26, 2014,

by her Father Dale, Father-in-law Philip, and many other ancestors and friends. She leaves behind her husband Scott, her children Philip, Gerrit and Rebecca, her mother Marie and brother Franklin (Vanett) and Christopher, her Mother-in-law Ernie and Brother-in-law Steve (Cindy), and many, many close friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Second Reformed Church in Pella.  Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  

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