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Maui, HI (KSDK) -- A Chesterfield woman is dead, killed in a fall along a popular scenic road in Hawaii.

46 year old Susan Stephens was on the Bamboo Forest Trail along the Hana Highway, when she fell 25 to 30 feet off a waterfall.

She suffered massive head injuries and died on the way to the hospital.

Stephens was very involved in the Chesterfield Presbyterian Church and taught pre-school there.

She was also involved in missionary work, in Africa and Haiti.

Rev. Hugh Barlett says, "She just cared for everyone she came in touch with and you could see it not only in what she said, but how she said it."

Friends describe her as gentle and generous, the kind of person who inspired others.

Friend, Kelly Morse says, "The hardest part is coming up, because she cared for so many people, there's going to be a lot of holes."

Melissa Tarantino,the church's pre-school director says, "She was loved by everyone. We all loved her. The kids loved her. she was really a picture of the love and grace of Christ."

They say Stephens was most proud of her family, her daughters Rachel, Kristen and Grace, and her husband Bob who was her childhood sweetheart. The family had been in Maui to celebrate Bob's 50th birthday.

Friends plan to support them as best they can.

And they say moving forward, they'll try to follow Stephens example of faith and service.

Morse says, "She would want people to pick up where she left off and I think that's what we'll all try to do. We won't do as well as she did."

Funeral arrangements will be made once the family can get back from Maui.

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