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Barbara Stubbs Kovacs

Barbara Stubbs Kovacs, 73, passed away on January 6, 2015. She was a resident of Baywoods Community in Annapolis, 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 missed.

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 her life.

Barbara is survived by three daughters, Susan Crockett, and Anne Marie Bass, both of Raleigh, 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 – OR - The Avon Foundation for Women - Attn: Donations, 1 Avon Plaza, Rye, NY 10580, Tel: 212-282-5000, info@avon