Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    Stephanie (Maya) Menkes

  • AGE

    54

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Wednesday, July 20, 2022 (Before Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Thursday, July 21, 2022

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    10:00 AM

  • FUNERAL STREAM

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89015757529?pwd=OHhib2NhQ1NDaGxlVVU2SmpqYkRRUT09

    Meeting ID: 890 1575 7529

    Passcode: 191290

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    Stephanie Maya

    54, Atlanta

    Stephanie Maya, age 54, died on July 20, 2022 after fighting Chronic Late Stage Lyme disease for 17 years.

    Stephanie was born March 02, 1968 in Philadelphia, PA. She was raised as a young child until the age of 5 by her beloved grandmother and grandfather who she lovingly called Babbi and Zaydee.

    She was a Cuban American Jew who spoke English, Spanish, Hebrew, and Yiddish fluently.

    Stephanie at a very early age had a strong heartfelt desire to help those that needed help. This continued throughout her life through her professional career, and by volunteering at homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, and her work with the United Way along with spending time helping other charitable causes.

    On the day after her 25th birthday Stephanie was hit by a drunk driver suffering horrendous injuries and almost died. Her physical therapist said she would never walk again. Stephanie said, “Give me a new physical therapist,” and did much more than walk again.

    Stephanie had to learn to write with her other hand and went on to earn two master’s degrees in two years. A Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Medicine from the University of Washington Seattle, and a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Washington Seattle. She also was a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She was a graduate of the National Hispanic Leadership Institute (NHLI) and is included in “Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans”.

    Stephanie took two years off from her career to provide loving care for her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease in her grandmother’s home and Stephanie cherished every minute of it, and included her grandmother in everything she did and ensured her grandmother enjoyed the rest of her life to the fullest by taking her grandmother to events, dinners, and the beach.

    Stephanie made significant contributions in the area of advising on Chronic Diseases with a concentration on Special Populations and Vulnerable Populations. She built and fostered network relationships between organizations and individuals, especially of children, families, and caregivers, and Latino communities.

    Stephanie had an eight-year illustrious career with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  She advised and provided technical assistance and training in developing of Chronic Disease Program in the States, US Territories, and Nation Networks. She worked on programs to improve health care, which would also reduce racial and ethnic disparities. She also served on many National Work Groups on issues such as Healthy People 2000 and 2010, Managed Care, National Hispanic Health Agenda, Diversity, and Migrant Health. She presented at many national and state conferences among other speaking engagements including the White House. Stephanie served as a National/International Media Spokesperson and Expert for the Centers for Disease Control on tobacco issues. Stephanie made major contributions towards studying and overseeing programs to reduce exposure of the health impacts of secondhand smoke and clinical interventions to reduce exposure of children to environmental tobacco smoke, and the overall impact of secondhand smoke on public health.

    Stephanie was always happy, upbeat, enjoyed life, was outgoing, kind and friendly to everyone. With her loveable personality she made friends easily, always cherished her friends, and family, and let them know it throughout her life. Stephanie enjoyed old movies, family movies, family TV, cultural events, and travel. She loved all types of music, had and extensive playlist and could quickly memorize the lyrics to songs. Stephane was a very good dancer and loved to dance for hours. Above all she enjoyed helping people.

    Stephanie met her husband Scott in 2016 in Dunwoody, GA, and they married in 2019. They lived together along with Stephanie’s little service dog FiFi-Hope who was the absolute love of her life and FiFi returned the love. Stephanie and FiFi were always together and were inseparable, ever since FiFi was born 10 years ago. Stephanie, Scott and FiFi enjoyed watching family TV shows, old classic movies on TCM, and going for walks on nice days in the park.

    In 2007, Stephanie contracted Lyme Disease that went misdiagnosed for 5 years before it was finally diagnosed. Stephanie pushed through severe disabling symptoms with her can-do attitude and love for life to continue to enjoy life to its fullest. She will be missed by many.

    Stephanie is survived by her loving husband, Scott, and loving little service dog, FiFi-Hope, who Stephane gave the name FiFi-Hope as Stephanie always had Hope. Stephanie is also survived by her mother Evita Maya, father Solomon Maya, and brother Lonnie Maya.  Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Tiffany Price

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Stephanie always had a smile or kind words to share. She gave me what she thought was a silly gift - a water decanter with a cup for my bedside. And all of these years later I use it nightly! Rest in peace and may your memory be a blessing.


  • Sam Fistel

    You were always such a joy to be around, even after Lyme took hold of you. And your passion for Judaism was contagious!


  • Bill Nefsky

    Condolences to all of Stephanie’s family. Many years ago, I was co-leading our annual Mosaic Outdoor Club holiday hike. A young lady from Florida / California showed up in sandals when everyone else had on hiking boots. As all were in a good mood , several of us helped Stephanie get through the difficult areas of the hiking trail to make certain she had an enjoyable time and not left out. It was a memorable day to say the least. May she Rest In Peace.


  • Beth A Berk

    I am now sharing a photo of Stephanie's beloved Fifi Hope! Such a loss for her too, she sooooooo much love and protected Stephanie!




  • Beth Berk

    To Scott and family members of Stephanie, I am sure there are no words to ease the pain of the loss of Stephanie whom I referred to as Miss Stephanie, or at times as Mermaid Stephanie! She was loving, giving, smart, vibrant, caring and more, such a great friend for over 20 years! She would refer to me as her sister/soul sister since we shared so much about ourselves with each other. And a quite the fighter she was too! I always admired how she fought so hard for so long to deal with her Lyme and related issues/complications, and always hoping for a great Jewish life! She is now at peace and may memories of her forever linger in our hearts and minds. Lastly, I am sharing a picture that Scott took so lovingly of Stephanie celebrating her birthday in March after Ray Rothman and myself coordinated to drop off some goodies for them to enjoy to celebrate Stephanie's birthday. Scott, thank you so much for the photos (there were a few however could only upload one here). With much love and heartfelt sympathy, Beth




  • Shoshi Reingold

    I am so sorry for your loss! May Stephanie‘s memory be a blessing to you and your family. Stephanie was loved by many.


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