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Margaret Stephanie Dougherty

Margaret Stephanie Dougherty

December 10, 1946 - August 31, 2019     Age: 72

Margaret Stephanie Dougherty, 72, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

A native and life-long resident of Fernandina Beach, Stephanie was the eldest of five children born to the late Melvin Foster and Lillian Mott Dougherty.

Stephanie was a believer in Jesus Christ and a member of First Baptist Church in Fernandina. 

She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1964.  In addition to enjoying class reunions, she also looked forward to the monthly get-togethers of the “Girls of ‘64”.

Stephanie retired from the State of Florida after 30 years service as a Hostess and Information Specialist at Welcome Stations in Boulogne (301), Fernandina, and I-95 near the Florida/Georgia line.  She had the honor of being the last Hostess of the Florida Marine Welcome Station in downtown Fernandina before its closing.  She loved meeting and talking with people and welcoming them to the Sunshine State.

Stephanie loved when the extended family came together to celebrate holidays and birthdays.  She was the life of the party and was dearly loved by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Her nieces and nephews made sure to introduce their friends to “Aunt Stephanie” who had the reputation of being fun and entertaining.  Often times her nieces and nephews saw her as a second grandmother.

She leaves behind a brother, Rocky Dougherty (Jean), and sisters, Pam Cook (David), Janis Johnson, and Dee Dee Thornton (Mark), all of Fernandina Beach.  Also, nephews Rod Kirkland (Robin) and Steven Kirkland (Viniece) of Glennville, GA, Dan Cook (Sarah) of Acworth, GA, Aaron Johnson and Christian Thornton of Fernandina, and David Mark Thornton (Candice) of Boone, NC.  Also, nieces Kelly Kirkland Root (Rick) and Amelia Johnson Neuhofer (Jake) of Jacksonville, FL along with  numerous great nieces and nephews, aunts, Lois Scott and Pat Mott and uncle Gene Kyzer and many cousins.

 Besides her parents, Stephanie was predeceased by nephew William Dougherty Thornton and brother-in-law, Jeff Johnson.

The family would like to thank Vivian Armstrong, Sharon Dees, Carol Cason and Pat Mott for their faithful visits, phone calls, and treats,  also a special to thank you to Dr. Henry Rodeffer and staff.

A service to remember and celebrate Stephanie’s life will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00 at Celebration Church (formerly First Baptist) on the corner of 5th and Alachua.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Samaritan’s Purse/Bahamas storm relief either at samaritanspurse.org or Samaritan’s Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or the Building Fund of First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach.


24 Condolences

  • . Posted September 3, 2019 1:37 pm

    Pam, Janis, and DeeDee: I was so saddened to hear of Stephanie’s passing, but happy to hear that it happened quickly. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Frances

  • frances Burgess. Posted September 3, 2019 1:37 pm

    Pam, Janis, and DeeDee: I was so saddened to hear of Stephanie’s passing, but happy to hear that it happened quickly. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Frances

  • Philip Jones Posted September 4, 2019 11:00 am

    Janis, Pam, Dee Dee and Rocky. I am sad to hear of Stephanie’s passing. I pray God provides the family with love and comfort.

    Most sincere condolences.

  • Patsy Richardson Posted September 4, 2019 11:04 am

    Pam, Janis and Dee Dee I’m so sorry to hear about Stephanie’s padding. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all during this time.

  • Diane Griffin Posted September 4, 2019 7:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss.. A great lady. Prayers are with you

  • Jean (king)henn Posted September 5, 2019 4:02 pm

    stephanie ,you were a great person,and good friend to me,you will be missed.god be with you

  • June Grose Posted September 5, 2019 4:10 pm

    Pam, Janis & DeeDee Know you are saddened by the passing of your precious sister! Comfort and peace to each of you and your families!
    I pray with you as you continue your walk with our Lord and showing
    HIS love & compassion to all.

  • Jerrie & Jimmy Moore Posted September 5, 2019 8:58 pm

    Pam, Janis & DeeDee, all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. All of you girls have always looked after each other and been loving sisters. I know you will miss Stephanie.

  • Ellen Babb Melvin Posted September 6, 2019 12:24 am

    I was so sorry to hear of sweet Stephanie’s death. We were in school all the way from elementary school through graduating form FBHS together. She was always such a sweet and truly nice person. May God wrap his arms around all of her family and give you comfort.

  • Donna Duffy Posted September 6, 2019 1:39 pm

    My dear Dougherty family. I know your hearts are breaking but just know she is with your Mom and Dad. Stephanie was love by all and will be missed. I pray our Lord will mend your broken hearts.

  • Lorraine Byrd King Posted September 6, 2019 2:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Stephanie’s passing . I don’t have to tell you what happy, funny lady she always was. She will be missed by a lot of friends.

  • Susan Shannon Posted September 7, 2019 1:57 pm

    I am just heartbroken Praying for your family for comfort. Ms Stephanie was one of a kind.

  • Susan Shannon Posted September 7, 2019 1:58 pm

    I am just heartbroken Praying for your family for comfort. Ms Stephanie was one of a kind. One of my very best friends .

  • Wanda Sills Posted September 7, 2019 7:35 pm

    So sorry to learn of Stephanie’s passing. May God comfort and give His peace to all of her family.

  • Elaine & Eddie Wilcox Posted September 8, 2019 7:55 pm

    With deepest sympathy

  • Ted Green Posted September 9, 2019 8:11 am

    Condolences to Rocky, the girls and family from the 16th street Green family.

  • Stefanie Thompson Posted September 9, 2019 9:24 am

    I will always have fond memories of Big Steph. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Love Always, Little Stef

  • Milt & Jeanette Crawford Posted September 10, 2019 1:38 pm

    Pam, DeDe, and Janis,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and yours are in our prayers. May God Bless and Comfort you all.

  • Elaine and Dale Burford Posted September 10, 2019 8:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our joyful Stephanie. She will be missed but leaves behind a legacy of kindness and laughter. May God comfort and bless each of you through this time of change. With deepest sympathy and love to all the Dougherty Family!

  • Mo Malphrus Posted September 10, 2019 9:34 pm

    Praying for each of you at this difficult time. Stephanie was so special to our family. We will miss her dearly! Don’t you know she is loving those streets of gold!! Love y’all!!! 🙏🏻😘💗

  • Judy Davis Stephens Posted September 11, 2019 8:57 pm

    It was such a pleasure working with Stephanie at the Welcome Center. God has gained a precious soul. R.I.P Steph

  • Judy Sapp Posted September 12, 2019 10:49 pm

    Janis – I am so sorry to hear of Stephanie’s passing. May God comfort you in your time of loss.

  • Billy & Pat Gass Posted September 13, 2019 9:25 pm

    Rocky we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer are with you in this time of sorrow..

  • Linda Brooks Allen Posted October 16, 2019 11:33 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Stephanie’s passing. She was such a joy to have as a friend through all the years we shared. Stephanie was one of the kindest souls anyone could ever meet and I know she touched many lives. I will keep her in my thoughts and the family in my prayers. We will all meet again one day and be at peace with all who we have loved through our lives. God Bless

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