Stephanie Ogidan Preston

On Monday, June 28, 2021, Stephanie Ogidan Preston, 41, passed away in her home in Providence, RI of complications from sarcoidosis. Stephanie is the daughter of Richardson and Jacqueline Thomas Ogidan also of Providence, RI. Stephanie was the granddaughter of the late Mary V. Thomas and Clara A. Ogidan.

On May 4, 2002, Stephanie married Shane T. Preston, who grew up next door to her. From this union, three children were born – Aliyah Preston, Trinity Preston and Madison Preston.

From a young age, Stephanie was passionate about education. She attended Community Preparatory School and, in 1997, graduated from Moses Brown School. In 2001, Stephanie graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Stephanie was a member of the Duke Track & Field Team, having thrown the shot put. She was a die-hard Duke basketball fan and a long-time alumni interviewer for Duke’s Admissions team. Stephanie returned to her beloved home of Providence, RI after college, and while raising her children, graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 2008.

At the time of her passing, Stephanie was Director, Chief of Staff to the CFO for Takeda Pharmaceuticals USBU, in Lexington, MA. Throughout her adult life, Stephanie served her local community and the State of Rhode Island, volunteering on numerous non-profit and government Boards, including Moses Brown School and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Stephanie also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for College Visions, and was one of 13 members of Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s transition team. Closer to home, Stephanie enjoyed leading her daughter’s soccer team as its volunteer coach.

Besides her husband and three daughters, Stephanie leaves to mourn two sisters, Kemi Tignor (Jeffrey) of Washington, DC and Kari Hadden (Christopher) of Cranston, Rhode Island. Left to mourn Auntie Stephanie are two nephews, Corey Hadden and Henry Thomas Tignor, and one niece, Kyra Hadden.

Stephanie’s funeral and visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a service to immediately follow at 12:00 pm. Burial will be private.  Memorial gifts may be made to help establish the Stephanie Ogidan Preston ’97 Scholarship at Moses Brown, 250 Lloyd Ave., Providence, RI 02906 or mosesbrown.org/giving


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Angel Navedo from Redondo Beach, CA wrote on July 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm
"Be brutal ;)" This was Stephanie's message to me as I provided feedback on a bio she was working on. It says a lot about her to invite "brutal" feedback -- a high achiever with high expectations of herself, big goals, and such humility. Stephanie's skills and energy and personality and laughter brought so much light to all of us privileged to work with her. I'm so sad to learn of her passing. She was one of a kind. To Shane and the girls, of whom so spoke so frequently and so lovingly: may you find some peace in this painful time.
Holly Hyde from Pawtucket wrote on July 25, 2021 at 4:34 pm
I went to Moses Brown with Stephanie, I was in the grade ahead. She was kind and funny and the Earth has lost a truly great personality. I am very sorry for your loss.
Jamie Marmol from Providence wrote on July 8, 2021 at 6:54 pm
I took such a loud grasp of air and yelled out “No” when I read about Stephanie passing. I met her few years ago through her sister Kari since then we’ve shared some good times together and had so many laughs. Stephanie was really one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I called her “Tall Girl” always with a huge smile insanely funny jokes and such great personality. I have so many funny videos of us! You will be missed and always remembers. I will keep your family in my prayers. May you Rest In Peace Tall Girl
Tony DeSimone, CLCF Soccer from Cranston wrote on July 8, 2021 at 1:16 pm
Our condolences to Stephanie's family and friends. Coach Stephanie volunteered for CLCF Soccer for many seasons, and her passion and laugh will be missed.
Elizabeth McQuillan from Cambridge wrote on July 8, 2021 at 8:08 am
My deepest sympathy to Shane and your entire extended family. Stephanie was a shining beacon of lightness and laughter at MIT Sloan, where we shared an "ocean". She is gone too soon, and yet has left such an amazing mark on the world in her short time here. With love, the McQuillans
Angela Romans from Washington, DC wrote on July 7, 2021 at 10:23 am
My deepest condolences to Shane and the Preston girls, to Richardson and the Ogidan family, and to all who knew and loved Stuffs. She was brilliant, hilarious, and generous, truly big in every way. I am heartbroken by her loss and cherishing every memory of her.
Morris Akinfolarin from providence wrote on July 7, 2021 at 9:53 am
We are heartbroken about Stephanie passing. We are so happy our paths crossed in so many ways as we get involved in our community. Our condolences to the Ogidan and Preston Family. May you find comfort in this difficult time. Amen. We are proud of the mark Stephanie left behind as a community organizer. She will be missed but not forgotten. May her gentle soul continue to rest in peace.
Valerie Monteiro Williams from Little Elm Texas wrote on July 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm
Stephanie you will be missed greatly by all who got to meet you. Always a smile or chuckle and witty words. Thank you for sharing your life. Praying for your family that they will be comforted through all the precious memories of times you have shared with them. Ma Val 💔 RIP
Charles Anthony Smith from Providence wrote on July 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm
My sincere condolences to the Preston family.
Elkinsette Clinton from Atlanta, GA wrote on July 6, 2021 at 11:28 am
The news is still shocking. Stephanie it feels too soon. You were such fun to be around. You truly loved life. Your love for your family was evident in all you did. I am happy I got to meet and know you. I think about attending Trinity Church together and being excited about the birth of your girls. My heart goes out to Shane and the girls. Your entire family is in my prayers. Rest in Paradise my friend! Love Elkinsette
Jalene Spain Thomas from Washington, DC wrote on July 6, 2021 at 10:13 am
I was shocked and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Stephanie- my freshman roommate and first friend at Duke. She set the example of living life to the fullest and showed her fierce familial love and devotion at every turn. I will miss the Chronicles of Stuffs- her hilarious love letter to her family. I could not understand how Stuffs could be in love so young until I met Shane Preston and saw how madly in love they were which was so beautifully clear at their wedding. My prayers are with Shane and with Shane and Stephanie's beautiful girls.
Julius & Rose Kolawole from Providence, RI wrote on July 6, 2021 at 9:34 am
Shane, Aliyah, Trinity and Madison, Our condolences to you on the passing of your beloved Wife and Mother. To Richardson, Jacqueline, Kemi, Kari and the Preston family, May God comfort you during this difficult time. May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace. Rest well Stephanie!
Marilyn Carlson from Seekonk, MA wrote on July 6, 2021 at 7:46 am
My heartfelt sympathies are extended to your family. What an impressive young woman gone way too soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Marilyn Carlson
Anne Grant from Pawtucket wrote on July 5, 2021 at 4:11 pm
It is difficult to imagine Stephanie gone so young, yet having accomplished so much. Phil West and I appreciate her work for affordable housing at the Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services. Our deepest condolences to her family and all who cherish her memory.
Rahsaan Gomes-Mc Creary from Warwick wrote on July 4, 2021 at 4:33 pm
Richardson and Jacqueline Thomas Ogida my condolences to you and your family. May God's grace bless you and your family. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 Your CHUMS Sister, Rahsaan GomesMcCreary
Destenie Vital from Rhode Island wrote on July 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm
I am so happy our paths crossed, our daughters are friends, and you and your family welcomed her with open arms. As an only child, it meant so much to her and to me. Thank you for your kindness, the laughs, and the friendship. We are so heartbroken about your passing. Sending love and prayers to your family and all who loved you. Rest well, dear Stephanie.
Noni-Ayanna Roach from Cranston wrote on July 3, 2021 at 10:37 pm
I just heard of Steph's passing and just wanted to send my prayers and condolences to the family. Her humor is what I will remember about her the most. I will miss her "chronicles" always making me laugh :'( RIP Stephanie.
Joseph & Roseline Goodridge from Riverside wrote on July 3, 2021 at 10:15 pm
To Richardson and family , Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loving daughter, Stephanie. May you find comfort in knowing that you have a Friend in Jesus,who is your grief bearer. In him, you will find SOLACE. May her beautiful soul Rest Perpetual Peace.🙏🏿
Armeather Gibbs from East Providence wrote on July 3, 2021 at 4:32 pm
My heart breaks for the loss of such a kind, loving and giving young woman. We were neighbors for years and all of the area kids, including my own, Adrienne and Norman, played and grew up together, turning into wonderful young adults with families of your own. Who knew? And who knew that another neighbor family, the Preston’s, would also make an indelible impression! I came to be good friends with Richardson and Jackie, just knowing that they were good people. How life can change. I send prayers, condolences and good thoughts to the Richardson and Preston families. Be proud of the mark Stephanie left on you, her entire family and our community. She will be missed but not forgotten!
Joli Moniz from Praia, Cabo Verde wrote on July 3, 2021 at 7:41 am
I will forever remember Stephanie for her vibrance and brilliant sense of humor. Hi-LAR-ious is putting it lightly. Sending prayers and love to the entire Preston/Ogidan family. ❤️