Rev. Verna Ethelene Stuart

February 21, 1926July 20, 2013
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Rev. Verna Ethelene Duncan Stuart, 87, of Plant City, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the LifePath Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace. She was born in Lloyd, FL on February 21, 1926. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alver Curtis and Nellie Duncan; two brothers, Levi and Alver Duncan; two sisters, Elaine Duncan Helms and Anitra Duncan Walker; her beloved husband of 71 years, Rev. James L. Stuart, Sr., and one great-granddaughter Beatrice Chauncey. She is survived by one sister, Betty Chambliss, one brother, Dr. Norman Duncan; two sons, James Leon Stuart, Jr. (Sandra) and Joel C. Stuart (Maria) of Fleming Island, FL and one daughter, Miriam Stuart Chauncey Pace (Grover) of Plant City, FL; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She worked in the field of nursing for 43 years, retiring as an RN in 1999 from Hospice of Marion County in Ocala, FL. She was also a licensed minster for 51+ years and ordained by the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) for the Florida Conference. She served in every capacity for 27 years in the Women's Auxiliary/Women's Ministries. During this period, she served as President/Conference Director for the WA/WM for 16-1/2 years. She served as Director for the GEMS (Girls Entering the Master's Service) for 2-1/2 years. She taught Sunday School for 57 years. She was an avid reader and loved gardening. She touched countless lives and will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Wells Memorial & Event Center in Plant City, FL. Visitation will be at 11:00 am with service to follow at 12:00. Please visit the on-line Guest Book at and view the "video" of her life's journey. Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville on Saturday.


Rev. Verna Ethelene Stuart

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Miriam Pace

August 31, 2013

Momma, I miss you so much. Losing you has been too hard to bear, especially so soon after losing daddy. I know you are no longer in pain & you are now in your "new home"... sitting at the Master's feet. I am so sorry you had to suffer so much with such a sudden illness, it was so heartbreaking. I know the Lord sent His best angels to carry you home to Glory. Heaven surely is more beautiful with you there...and oh there must have been such rejoicing when you entered those gates! You truly lived a faithful and consecrated life. You never gave up hope, always trusting in the Lord to see you through. You set an example for all of us to follow.

The flowers here are in full bloom now momma..and the butterflies are everywhere. It gives a peaceful & calming effect when at times I feel hopeless; they softly flutter around the new blooms. I know you're looking down at me somehow, still ready to catch me if I stumble. That Bird of Paradise finally bloomed after five years.. everyone comments on how pretty it is. The first bloom appeared the day after you went to Hospice and its still blooming! To me, it is a sign that better days are to come. I miss our walks around the yard.

I know you are at peace now.. strolling down those streets of gold...holding hands with daddy and singing praises to the Lamb. I'm sure the good Lord smiled when you made your entrance. You were one of God's chosen saints. You blessed us all with your fervent prayers, your nurturing spirit, your gentle hands wiping our tears away. You were a wonderful Mother, certainly one highly to be praised. You put your heart into everything you did, always thinking of others and attending to their needs. You faced many hardships in life, sharing many of those personal experiences and stories with Grover and I. I could never fill your shoes momma, no one can.

The house is so empty now, the silence is almost piercing some days. I feel lost momma. I know we will be together again one day, so in that I can take some comfort. Thank you for loving me and for all the things you taught me. You were the "glue" that held us all intact. Thank you for the many times you stood in the gap and prayed for me, my children, my grandchildren and my co-workers. I was truly blessed to be your daughter. You were my mentor; you were my teacher and my best friend. You are, and will always be greatly missed. Certainly the good Lord adorned your crown with many precious jewels, representing the countless lives you touched along your way..and for the many sacrifices you made. There is no greater gift to a child than the love of a Godly Mother.

You will forever be in my heart.
Your daughter....Miriam

Grover Pace

August 16, 2013

July 20, 2013 was a day of rejoicing in Heaven, but a sad day on earth for everyone who knew Mother Stuart. I have had the pleasure of knowing her for about 8 years. I was her "official chauffeur" for 4 years. I took her to church twice a week, to various doctors' appointments and to the local Goodwill quite often. Usually a trip to Wendy's would follow those trips! I would often joke with her about the Goodwill, telling her she couldn't buy anymore pots!
A great void has been left in my life, both from a human standpoint and certainly in the spiritual realm. One of the ministers stated during her funeral service, "She was always ready to pray." I personally experienced an instant miracle of healing after her prayers for me during an attack with kidney stones. Her days of praying for us here on earth are over, but the lingering effects of her prayers will always remain with us. I will miss you Maw, Grover Pace (son-in-law)

Kathy Smith

August 13, 2013

I had the privilege of caring for and spending time with this wonderful lady for the last few months of her life. She was, indeed, a very special and Godly women, and I will always remember her. May she rest in peace.

Kathy Smith

August 13, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

August 6, 2013

I have so many wonderful memories of Sis. Stuart. I sat in Sunday School teacher training classes under her; I served with her in Women's Ministries. But fondest of all are my memories of the many trips we took together - to Feast of Ingathering, to General Conference CE Convention and on to Gatlinburg, and to Grand Ole Gospel Reunion in SC. She was an inspiration and a dear friend. I'm so sorry I was out of state and could not attend her funeral. My sincere condolences to Miriam and Grover and the rest of the family. Gloria and Art Lusk

Kirk McConnell

August 4, 2013

Mrs. Pace
I had the opportunity of meeting Mr. & Mrs. Stuart in the early 90's while traveling with the Emmanuel College Singers. Now, after being in the ministry for 15 years I still hold the Stuarts in high regard. They were two of the most warm and gracious souls ever. I am blessed to have had the chance to stay in their home on multiple occasions. Heaven is a better place with them there. They will always be GIANTS of the faith.

August 1, 2013

words can not express how much sister stuart meant to me and my family. she was a real saint . she will be missed. i remember back years ago at youth camps she would take care of your physical needs and brother stuart would take care of your spiritual needs. we had so much fun. you could always go to her to help in times of trouble.i thank god for letting our paths cross.she was an amazing woman. she is up there with brother stuart waiting for us to get there. miriam ,leon , and joel you had a great set of parents. may god bless and keep you in the palm of his hands.

Danny Dunn

July 25, 2013

The Seniors Bass Club of Jacksonville wish to express our
condelences to you and your family in your loss of your Mother.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

Patsy Taylor

July 25, 2013

Miriam, Leon & Joel,
Sorry I couldn't be with you at this sad time, but I'm praying our heavenly Father will comfort you as only He can. Your mom always had a special place in my heart. She was a blessing to me and all the people she encountered. Love, Pat

July 24, 2013

Miriam and Grover, you have been honored with and have now completed the task of caring for your two beautiful much-loved parents. Blessings, Mary Maio