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