Stephanie Lauren Hankins, 33, of North Little Rock, passed away January 30, 2020. She was born in Pensacola, Florida on February 5, 1986.
Our carefree spirited Stephanie lived an extraordinary life. Stephanie was best described as caring, kind, funny and compassionate. She had a heart of gold. Some of her many nicknames were Pie, Little Widge or better known as Widget, Stephie Lou or Indian Squaw. Everything Stephanie did was BIG! She had to have the biggest dog, biggest chair and biggest Jeep. Everything was always over-the-top with Stephanie. She loved to have a good time and enjoy life with her many friends from all walks of life.
Stephanie won the President Bill Clinton Award in grade school for her voluntary work with handicap children. She won first place in the D.A.R.E. program at Lakewood Elementary. She participated in swim teams, soccer events, once she was on four teams at one time, and was always winning medals and awards for everything she was involved in. Her favorite accomplishment was winning the award pins in the AWANA club that she was a member of for several years. She loved disk golf.
Stephanie modeled in ads for Dillards in Little Rock and The Village Drummer in Gulfport, Mississippi, which is just fitting because Stephanie definitely marched to the beat of her own drum.
She was a multitasker and wore many hats, literally all the time. She was either in a trucker’s hat or her latest favorite was a cowboy hat featuring a coon bone. You usually saw Stephanie with a toothpick hanging out of her mouth which she kept in place as she told her many hilarious stories.
Her passions were anything outdoor related. Many life events included going to the ATV parks in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. She passionately loved being on horseback at every opportunity. Clinton Chuck Wagon races were a “must go to” every year. Fly fishing on the Red and White rivers were also a passion.
Pokey Bear, her Newfoundland/Pyrenees mix was with her everywhere she traveled, whether at music festivals, hiking, camping or at the lake. She was loved by all who had the good fortune to have known her.
Stephanie is survived by her parents Hope and Tommie Hankins, Julia Munro; sisters Savanah Hankins and Madeline Inzinna; grandparents Phil Hankins, Jessie Stagg and a host of loving relatives and wonderful friends.
Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 4th at Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home. A memorial service will be 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 5th at the funeral home. Online guest registry at www.SmithFamilyCares.com
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