Constance Gelitha (Oliver) Stubbs, aka “Nana,” was 75 years young when she was called home on September 15, 2020. Constance was born in Miami Florida (of Cuban and Bahamian descent) on October 22, 1944, the eldest of 14 (11 surviving childbirth) and was raised in Harlem, NY by Stacy, and Genevieve (McCoy) Oliver (both deceased). She met and married Henry Stubbs in 1960 (who preceded her in death). They reared four (4) children: Claudette, Deborah, Christopher, and KimLee, during their 13 years of marriage. After the passing of her first husband, Constance met James (Buster) Bunting (who also preceded her in death in 1999), together they reared two (2) additional children, Angelina, and Ernestine. Later, with the premature death of her second eldest daughter, Deborah, Constance extended her love for her grandchildren by adopting and raising them as well: Juanita, Tyanna, Anthony, and Ka'wan (recently deceased, March 2020). With the raising of her grandchildren, Constance later made the decision to relocate to Huntington, WV, on the recommendation of her daughter, KimLee, where she would reside for 16 years until 2015. Being an empty nester with complicated health issues later lead to the move to Elkhart, IN to be with her daughter KimLee, son-in-law James (Jay) Jones, and their daughters Kylr, and Devani. Constance was surrounded by love and adventure during her life in Indiana. Her love for her Lord and for others aided in the creation of many great friends and church family members who have enriched her life immensely. In her final days Constance will be remembered as peaceful, loving and alert. She will be missed and loved immensely.
She is survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 sisters (Geneva, Esther, and Sonia), and countless nieces, nephews, as well as great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Family members that have taken the journey before her are:
Mother and Father: Stacy and Genevieve Oliver
Husbands: Henry Stubbs & James Bunting
Daughter: Deborah Stubbs
Grandson: Ka’wan Stubbs
Siblings: Kenneth, Miriam, Robert, Shirley, Antoinette, Aaron, and Ralph.
Constance will be remembered fondly as she touched so many lives throughout her time here on earth, whether as a Girl Scout volunteer, which garnered her an award as “Honorary Troop Grandmother,” or working as an Administrative Assistant at Barnett Day Care and at the WV State Police Department as a Maintenance Coordinator. In her recent endeavor to ensure that caregivers of all types and service workers are cared for she founded the Constance G. Stubbs Foundation, www.restingangels.org She had been a caregiver, foster care parent and homemaker and later in life had been the recipient of care once her ailments became too numerous to manage alone.
Constance’s legacy is one that will live on through her children, grand and great-grandchildren and her charitable contributions. Few are able to take the journey she took in this life. A few of her favorite quotes are: “Pray about it,” “Give it to God,” “God loves you and so do I,” and “God is no less than his word.”
In memory of our mother, grandmother, great-grand mother, aunts, sisters, and her daughter would say with words from a song:
“If I had the wings of a dove, I would fly, fly away, fly away, and be at rest.”
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