"SSgt. (Ret.) Merrisa Susan Stepp, 41, passed away July 10, 2002 at her home in Colorado Springs. She was born March 26, 1961, in Dade County, Florida, the daughter of Jay Rapp and Linda Passes. Merrisa served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Guam, Germany, and Colorado Springs. As a business owner in Colorado Springs, she operated Home Dog Training from 1987 until 2001, and Awesome Ink, a tattoo shop in Colorado Springs. She was married to Lionel Stepp, Jr. on July 12, 1983. Merrisa possessed a wonderful attitude on life even though health problems kept her at home. She will be deeply missed by all. Her husband, Lionel; her brother, Kenny Rapp of Fort Worth, TX; her aunt, Hedda Jordan, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and her dearest friends Lee and family, Trudy, Gary and Kathy, Lionel and Donna Stepp and family of Dayton, OH, survived Merrisa. Her animals already miss her; Maggie, Cleo, her two Dobermans and Puss-Puss, her cat. May you rest in peace, Merrisa; Love, Lionel."
As posted in, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO. on Sunday, July 14, 2002, in the Metro section on page 6.