Born Wednesday, February 13, 1918
Died Thursday, January 7, 2021
Elizabeth Lucille Starnes Stubbs was set free from her imperfect earthly body to be in the presence of God on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 102.
Elizabeth was born on February 13, 1918, to Pastor and wife Thomas and Cora Jane (Brewsaugh) Starnes in Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. She attended school in Muskogee, Ok and graduated from Shawnee (OK) High School in 1936. She went on to attend college at Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, OK. She and her family moved back to Muskogee where her father pastored First Church of the Nazarene. She married Schuyler Miller Stubbs, Jr. on November 23, 1940 in Muskogee. She worked at the Kress's Store in Muskogee before beginning her family and becoming a stay at home mother. Later, they moved to Fort Gibson and lived there for many years.
After her daughters were older, she worked at Department of Human Services, then went on to become manager of Gunn Brothers Stamp Store in Muskogee. After the store closed, she worked at Muskogee General Hospital in Admitting and Communications and retired from there in 1982. Many close friendships were made everywhere mother worked; she was simply loved by everyone because she gave love freely.
Elizabeth was a founding member of First Nazarene Church, Muskogee, OK, and remained a faithful, loyal member until her health prevented her from attending services. She loved her church family and served in many capacities. She was elected many years to be a delegate to the NE Oklahoma Nazarene Assembly, and served as teacher, event organizer, and treasurer. But her passion was people, and she was most at home serving as the welcoming, smiling greeter for visitors and members for many years. She had a God given gift for making people feel wanted and loved.
Elizabeth began traveling in her 60's and took trips all over Europe and the United States both in guided tours and with siblings and friends. There were many wonderful mother/daughter trips that are precious memories, and she was always agreeable to whatever adventures were suggested, making each trip special. She loved travel, being with people she loved and meeting new people all along the way.
Elizabeth loved to knit, crochet, and sew. She made almost all of her and her daughters’ clothes, and lovingly worked all night many times to finish a dress for one of the daughters to wear to church or an event. She patiently curled hair and pressed clothes to get five little girls to church every Sunday. She was an excellent cook, and no one can forget her awesome chocolate pies, which were requested at every family gathering.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Schuyler Stubbs; daughter, Carol Jeanne; sisters, Marcella Starnes, Louise Belcher, Rosemary Garrett; brother, John Starnes; and sons-in-law, Wendell Maden and Steve Yaffe.
Survivors include daughters, Nancy and Ellis Williams, Linda Maden, Betty and Claude Guy, Mary Yaffe, and Debbie and Ricky Kirkhart; grandchildren, Anita and Jeff Berry, Jeff and Haley Williams, Pam and Kevin Rudnitzki, James Maden, Becky and Cole Barnhart, Greg Burchfiel, Mark and Kathy Guy, Matt and Andrea Guy, Lisa and Jason Cooper, Chad and Jamie Kirkhart, Kristy and Randy Crowder, Valerie and Kevin Devol, and Sheli and Jarrod Wise. She had 37 great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.
She loved and was loved by all.
Services are scheduled for 3:00pm, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK with Pastor Claude Guy officiating. Graveside services will be determined at a later date.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.