Lea Stukey was born and raised in West Texas and loves the beauty and simplicity of small town life. She attended college at Texas Tech and West Texas A&M University, where she graduated with a degree in Accounting. She has been a CPA with Lewis, Kaufman, Reid, Stukey, Gattis & Co. for 27 years and enjoys serving her clientele of predominately small businesses and farms. She’s been married to Kenneth, another Plainview native, for almost 24 years. The joy of their life is their two daughters: Kendra (a Texas Tech graduate who works as a commercial interior design professional in Houston), and Stephanie (a Plainview Christian Academy graduate who is pursuing a degree at Texas Tech University). They are amazing young women who have taught their parents so much!
Lea is on the school board of Plainview Christian Academy and is passionate about the ministry of Christian education. The Stukey family began attending Harvest in 2013 where Lea enjoys serving on various teams.
Who is your hero? And why?
The biblical woman Esther has long been a hero to me. She embraced her unique role as a woman but did not use it as an excuse for weakness. Through wisdom and courage, she stood up for her people and changed the course of history.
What one event had the greatest effect on your life?
I grew up as a daddy’s-girl; my Dad died when I was 27 and his death was the most devastating thing I had ever experienced. However, his death forced me to acknowledge my inability to face life alone and become fully dependent upon my Heavenly Father. Although I had accepted Christ as my Savior when I was a child, it was through my earthly father’s death that I made Christ the Lord of my life.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
If I weren’t a CPA, I would enjoy being a girls basketball coach. I love the game and I love watching young women find their confidence and grow through competition.
What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today?
My mother was widowed at the young age of 47; however, I’ve watched her build a beautiful life despite the pain of losing her husband. The lesson I’ve learned from my mom is that God is sufficient and God is good!