Family and friends are mourning the loss of 29-year-old Stephanie Smith after she died of Covid in November. Stephanie and her fiance Jamie Bassett had planned to get married on November 13. Stephanie Smith died on November 18.
STEPHANIE SMITH, 29 of Levelland, Texas died of COVID on Nov. 18.
"She died 5 days after what was supposed to have been our wedding day. She was a brilliant photographer and..She was the funniest & coolest & best person I ever met. She was my best friend."
Shared by her fiance. pic.twitter.com/q0Fvorvk8D
— FacesOfCOVID (@FacesOfCOVID) December 9, 2020
Stephanie and her fiancee lived in Lubbock, Texas. Stephanie took a Covid test after not feeling well. Her brother Aaron Smith told Buzzfeed about finding out she had covid, “When I got the call [about her positive COVID test], it was awful, but I’ve had five friends who got COVID who walked away perfectly fine. And Stephanie is perfectly healthy, so I wasn’t worried that much.”
She went into the hospital after having low oxygen levels and then she was moved to the ICU to be monitored closely during anxiety attacks. Before Bassett and Stephanie’s mom Oralia Smith could get to the hospital to say goodbye, Stephanie had passed away.
“Her laugh was so contagious. It was so loud. It was so funny,” her mom told NBC News. “Always the loudest one at family gatherings.”Bassett also shared with NBC that her “giving spirit,” helped convince him he was the one for her.
Stephanie worked as an alumni coordinator for South Plains College in Levelland. “This was her first job out of college,” Julie Gerstenberger, the director of development at South Plains College, told BuzzFeed News. “Her intelligence, her enthusiasm, her personality, her warmth, her work ethic. All of those things made her such a wonderful colleague.”
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