Joyce Lynn Stubbs

May 29, 1934April 10, 2019

Joyce Lynn (Jantz) Stubbs was born on April 29, 1934 in Davenport, WA to Howard and Dorothea (Timm) Jantz and passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family on April 10, 2019 at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA. Her family is grateful for the excellent care and compassion she received during her last days at Sacred Heart. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles Leonard Stubbs, brothers Donald Jantz and Kenneth Jantz, sisters-in-law Carolee Jantz and Doris Jantz, and brothers-in-law Gaylord Jones and Herbert Hink. Joyce attended Davenport schools and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and attended Washington State College. She married the love of her life, Charles Leonard Stubbs, on November 27, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport. They were blessed with the births of 3 children, Brad, Jene’ and Leslie. After several years as a homemaker, she returned to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Education at Eastern Washington State College and would later complete her Masters in Education. Her first teaching job was in Harrington, WA and she finished her greater than 30 year teaching career at Davenport High School. She was a dedicated and inspiring educator—one who worked hard to build an influential business department at DHS. She touched a lot of lives and forged the basis for careers in business and other vocations for many. She loved teaching, and was especially thankful for her career and the support of her students and colleagues after being widowed at a young age when “Stubby” passed away on February 3, 1987. She was the recipient of many awards including the Washington State Business Teacher of the Year. Joyce was fiercely independent, protective of her family and over the moon in love with and proud of her grandsons. She was always there when friends or family needed her most. She was blessed with many close lifelong friendships. She loved all things Wazzu, her students, playing bridge, being a “lady farmer”, hosting family gatherings and keeping her family connected. Survived by son Bradley (Dr. Margretta) Stubbs, Silver Spring, MD; daughters Jene’ (James Jr.) Fisher, Spokane and Dr. Leslie Stubbs, Boise, ID; brother Jerome Jantz, Cheney, sisters-in-law Helen Jantz, Davenport, Edith Jones, Newport, and Gail Hink, Hermitage, PA; grandchildren Kevin Stubbs, Durham, NC; Chris Stubbs, Madison, WI, James Fisher III, Pullman, and Griffin Shultz, Boise, ID as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life services will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane on June 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport or Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine – Washington State University.


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Michelle Knack Wheland

April 13, 2019

I have known Mrs. Stubbs my whole life. She was my Mom 's (Verna Knack) best friend and colleague at Davenport High School. I took every class that she taught at DHS, and I worked with her on the Yearbook every year for four years. Mrs. Stubbs had a profound impact on my life, and her influence on my life is why I am an educator today. After high school, Joyce encouraged me to pledge her sorority of Alpha Delta Pi at Washington State University, and she wrote a letter of recommendation on my behalf. I am a proud ADPi sister and alum of Upsilon house because of her. When my Mom was spending her last days of her life dying of pancreatic cancer at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, Joyce came to visit Mom every day. Much love to her family at this difficult time.

Diane Baye

April 11, 2019

I knew Mrs Stubbs both as a student at Davenport and as a family friend. My first memories was as a student, She could never find her keys since it was a daily practical joke that the students would hide them. "Now people..." was a phrase she used a lot when those keys were misplaced. She thought she got smart and have the keys on a ring she could fit on her wrist but then they were so heavy she would leave then in her side closet door lock. The keys still came up missing.. I also had Mrs Stubbs as a cheer advisor. There were several times we would travel and she was the driver. Sorry to report she was not a good driver we would worry about her going off the road or we would get car sick because of the lack of a steady speed,fast then slow, fast then slow. It would get us every time..
On the day I graduated she informed me that I could call her Joycelyn and not Mrs. Stubbs. That was quite a right of passage. She was a good friend to my mom and there was many "Hunter Gatherings" that the Stubbs family joined in on. I remember them fondly .