Stephanie Drake-Holtson, April 27, 1958 - October 2, 2013, of Kokomo passed away Wednesday morning from complications with her cancer. She was born in Sumter, South Carolina to the late Elizabeth Dazey and Robert E. Drake. Stephanie was known throughout the community for her positive, outgoing, infectious spirit and the happiness that she shared with all those she touched. She loved and was loved by her students as a teacher with Kokomo Center Schools. We, her family, having had the grace of her love and care, are all the better for it; together, we have had a happy and fulfilling family run. In her spirit, we will try to keep paying it forward.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Berry, two son’s Joseph Drake and Ian James Holtson, of Kokomo, IN, and her sister Rochelle Drake Gillan (Steve), D. Kevin Drake (Laura) of Crawfordsville, IN.

A wake for Stephanie will be held at PASTAriffic Italian Restaurant, Casa Bella Room, Friday, October 11, 2013, 6-8:30 (memorial comments at 8:00) (3001 S. Webster St., Kokomo, IN (765)455-1312.

Stephanie is the daughter-in-law of the recently deceased James A. Holtson, and in the honor and memory of their devotion to education as being bedrock of good civilization you may send honorariums to the Holtson Family Teacher’s Fund mailed to The Howard County Community Foundation, 215 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo, IN 46901. The fund’s focus will be helping late-in-life, non-traditional students achieve their teaching certifications. You may read Stephanie’s obituary at where you can sign the guestbook or share a personal message to the family. Ellers Mortuary assisted with arrangements.