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Mike and Chris Hendrix

Dear Steve and Tony…. Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Mrs Stubits’ passing. I have wonderful memories of her. She gave me a job at her dress store! So appreciate her and the legacy she leaves in her children and grandchildren. She was dearly respected and loved!

Donna Jones

Beautiful tribute Jessica. I will never forget every time she came in the office her smile lite up the room. It was like time stood still when we saw her. She truly was one of a kind. She will be deeply missed.

Peggy Galphin Farrell

What a wonderful full life she had, I am blessed to have happy memories of our family get together as your Mom was a great cook!

Claire Taylor

Heartfelt condelences to everyone in the Stubits family, for such a great loss.

Bonnie Bong

An amazing friend and a gift to any of us who were longtime friends and volunteers. Jackie had a heart of gold. St Peters church and the FB Woman’s Club all knew her generosity. My heart goes out to her family. Blessings and Love Bonnie Bong Penney Retirement Community

Laraine Burns

Yes, Jackie was a special person. She also, always made you feel special. I am saddened to hear of her passing but glad to know she will be dancing again soon!

Linda Chaplin

So sorry to hear of her passing! She was certainly a grand lady. Always gracious and kind to everyone one. Sending lots of love and hugs to all the family❤️

Dee and Davis Chaplin

Sending our thoughts to the whole family. Whenever eating out always loved running into the Stubits and if there was a dance floor, we knew they would be on it. Lynn’s Dress shop was a great go to place for so many years. Jackie will be missed and remembered with a smile.

Kevin Drake

Steve, Tony, and families, I'm saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. As was stated, she was an icon in Fernandina. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God's grace and peace comfort you today and in the days ahead.

Cynthia Allan Sapp

David and I were so sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Cynthia Rush Mercer

I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Stubits passing. I remember her well from those long ago days of shopping in Lynn’s Dress Shop. She was always so kind and a joy to talk with. Prayers to her boys and their families.

Genie Duggan

My heart is I’m sad knowing that Jackie's sweet presence is gone from our world. She was truly a Southern Belle in her manners and her heart. She be missed by every single person who knew her. I feel sure Saint Peter smiled and flung open the gates when she approached. Rest well Jackie.

Kay Stephens

I just finished reading granddaughter Jessica's beautiful tribute to her grandmother. Beautiful tribute, Jessica.

Frances Panaro

She was a very sweet lady. So sorry...

Jessica Stubits Durkin

What was it like being the granddaughter of the legendary Jackie Stubits? Its hard to put into words exactly what she meant to me, but I’ll do my best. Being Jackie Stubits’ granddaughter meant that every birthday, every milestone big or small, every holiday or even just a long weekend was a reason to celebrate with the whole family. And my, oh my- she sure knew how to throw a party! She had a way of making every occasion and every person feel special. As the youngest apprentice of Lynn’s Dress Shop-the most stylish boutique to ever grace downtown Fernandina Beach- I learned an appreciation for fashion at a young age. I have such fond memories of spending summers with the stylish ladies at her shop, admiring my grandmother’s poise and charm as she quickly made friends out of strangers and helped her customers find the perfect outfit for any occasion. And who could forget the spectacular fashion shows at the Women’s Club? I was a reluctant model, but with her encouragement and those gorgeous clothes, it was hard not to feel like a shining star. Being Jackie Stubits’ granddaughter meant that there was hardly a volleyball game, tennis match, baseball tournament, dance recital or graduation ceremony that was not attended by her and my grandpa Joe, where they’d be beaming proudly from the bleachers, rain or shine, win or lose. We were so lucky to grow up with such supportive and loving role models. It meant tagging along to deliver rum cakes or arrangements of amaryllis from her beautiful garden to friends and offices all over town, just to show she cared and appreciated their hard work. It was certainly a treat to be gifted one of her infamous rum cakes! You could almost see her glow with pride as she introduced me, she was so proud of her family and she definitely made sure we knew it. I hope she knew how proud we were of her, too. My grandmother certainly did not have a shortage of friends. It was such a privilege getting to know her dearest friends over the years, many were like extended members of the family. I learned early on the importance of investing in friendships by witnessing the love my grandparents had for their lifelong friends and their community. She sure did love her island! The Garden Club, St. Peter’s church, the Women’s Club, years of volunteering as a Pink Lady at the hospital… she was a social butterfly who was always involved in something! She truly had an unbelievable work ethic, and she worked very hard giving back to the community she loved so much. She definitely did her part to keep the local restaurants and businesses thriving! While she and my grandfather did enjoy traveling, nothing ever compared to home sweet home, her beloved Amelia Island. Being the granddaughter of Jackie and Joe Stubits also meant I got to attend some hoppin’ parties, and a few rather glamorous occasions. I remember watching in awe as my grandparents lit up the dance floor; they were truly a sight to behold. Watching them dance made me feel like I’d been transported to a different era, a time when fashion and romance were held to higher standards. On and off the dance floor, Jackie and Joe Stubits had a very special partnership. Through thick and thin, sixty-seven years of love, support and affection, their loyalty to each other is something we all could aspire to. I imagine her dear friends and family who have passed on before her, welcoming her with open arms and happy hearts, and maybe a large glass of Chardonnay. Most of all, I imagine her being greeted by our beloved Papa Joe, who will be waiting to share a dance like they did in their best of days, with his big smile and sparkling eyes I know she missed so much. To be the granddaughter of Jackie Stubits means that I am a very lucky lady, with several boxes full of handwritten letters filled with words of encouragement when she thought my spirits needed a lift, or just to let me know she was thinking of me. They often ended by reminding me to "drink my milk and take my vitamins" and to "keep studying and working hard." She always made sure we knew how lucky we were to have the opportunity to go to school. She loved her family fiercely and unconditionally. There is no doubt how much she adored her boys and their families, her grandchildren, and her great-grands, who are all so grateful to be able to share her world for so many years. She also dearly loved her extended family- aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews from Georgia, California, Pennsylvania and all over. She loved nothing more than to gather all her loved ones together, and she used any and every excuse to do so! Being the granddaughter of Jackie Stubits means my heart is aching trying to adjust to a world without her in it. She was truly the matriarch of our family and such a big presence in all of our lives. I am so grateful to have shared so many wonderful memories with such an incredible woman. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of her family and those who loved her…. And I bet many, many people on Amelia Island will think of her and smile whenever they have a slice of rum cake, or come across a beautiful arrangement of lilies.

Carl W. Anderson

A wonderful lady. I worked with her for many years at the Old FPUC. We are praying for the families.

Ange Wallace

Jackie, just her name evokes memories of a style and grace. Hugs to all the family and a toast to Jackie's and Joe's reunion!

Edna "Jackie" Earle Stubits

2021-08-28

It is with heavy hearts we share the passing of our dear mother, Edna Earle “Jackie” Stubits. She died peacefully at home on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
Jackie was born in Brunswick, Georgia on July 7, 1930 and raised as an only child on the family farm outside of Manor, Georgia.
She was an avid reader and graduated 2nd in her class from Manor High School. After graduation, wanting to escape her rural environment, she moved to the “Big City” of Fernandina in 1948. There she eventually met and married Joseph Stubits who had moved down from Pennsylvania to work as a chemist at the local paper mill. They were married on November 17, 1951 and had sixty seven wonderful years together until Joseph’s death in 2018.
Jackie started her career working in the office of Florida Public Utilities. After seventeen years there, an opportunity presented itself for her to buy her Aunt Irma Malone’s store called Lynn’s Dress Shop. For many years, her store was a fixture downtown, where ladies could try on clothes and get caught up on the latest news in town. She had many fashion shows at the Women’s Club and was a leader in the Downtown Merchants Association.
After retirement, she worked for 20 years as a volunteer for the Nassau County Hospital Auxiliary. She was active in the community and belonged to the Women’s Club, Garden Club, Bridge Club, Terpsichorean Dance Club and Ten Acres Club. She was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where she served for many years on the Alter Guild.

She is survived by her two sons, Steve Stubits, Tony (Donna) Stubits; her grandchildren, Jessica (Marty), Joe (Danielle), Tracey (Kyle) and Troy; her great-grandchildren, Connor, Rowan, Cooper, Jordan, Kaden and Emelia. She also leaves behind numerous relatives in Georgia, Pennsylvania, California and many friends here on Amelia Island that she cherished dearly.

Donations may be made in her name to Community Hospice or St. Peter’s Church EYC.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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