||BARBARA STUBBS; Theta Tri-Hi-Y
The News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 18, 2015
Barbara Stubbs Kovacs, 73, passed away on January 6, 2015. She was a
resident of Baywoods Community in Annapolis, Maryland, where she enjoyed many friends.
She was born in Orlando, Florida, the daughter of Col. Gail L. Stubbs and Jean D. Stubbs.
Barbara lived in many places throughout her youth as the daughter of a career United
States Air Force military father, whom she loved and admired greatly. She graduated
from high school in Arlington, Virginia, and went on to attend Stephens College, in
Columbia, Missouri. She married, became a mother, and particularly enjoyed her many
years living in Cary, North Carolina, prior to relocating to Annapolis to be near family.
She was appreciated by many for her special talents as an interior designer, which she
studied at Purdue University, and that passion is something she passed along to her
daughters. She enjoyed being outdoors in warm weather and gardening became a
favorite hobby. She had a penchant for creating beautiful homes, and was also a
wonderful cook. She was an avid reader and enjoyed exploring and discussing history
and politics. She enjoyed deep conversation.
Barbara loved animals, especially her dogs. She enjoyed riding horses in her youth
and in college, and admired them for their majesty and beauty. Barbara volunteered
her time as a special helper at her grandchildren's elementary school. She was known
and appreciated for her kindness and for being a help to her neighbors and friends.
Barbara was a breast cancer survivor and her grace, charm, and elegance will be dearly
Barbara attended First Baptist Church, in Cary, North Carolina as well as Redeemer of
Annapolis. She was especially comforted by her church communities, as well as the
community of friends in Severna Park, where she also lived prior to moving to Annapolis.
The family would like to send a special thanks to her very loving and dear companion, Col.
Michael Spiro (USMC) Ret., with whom she enjoyed much happiness with towards the end of
Barbara is survived by three daughters, Susan Crockett, and Anne Marie Bass, both of
Raleigh, North Carolina and Janet Thomasson, of Ponte Vedra, Florida, son in law, Dann
Thomasson, and five grandchildren, Brandon, Cameron, William, John and Sarah.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen G. Kovacs, in 2006.
A memorial service will be planned at a future date, as the family organizes the details.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention http://afsp.donordrive.com OR - The
Avon Foundation for Women - Attn: Donations, 1 Avon Plaza, Rye, NY 10580, Tel:
212-282-5000, info@avon foundation.org