At age 88, Ellen Janet Hodges Stakias died at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC, on February 5, 2019. Jan led a healthy, active and vibrant lifestyle almost to the end, living with her husband Bill, in their Laurel Park home. She was hospitalized for a week in early January 2019 with double pneumonia, which ultimat…read more
At age 88, Ellen Janet Hodges Stakias died at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC, on February 5, 2019. Jan led a healthy, active and vibrant lifestyle almost to the end, living with her husband Bill, in their Laurel Park home. She was hospitalized for a week in early January 2019 with double pneumonia, which ultimately led to discovery of early stage colon cancer. After returning home for a few weeks, she had a successful surgery on January 24. However, her heart could not endure the combined surgery and post-operative complications that followed.
Jan was born in Jackson, GA, December 29, 1930. She was preceded in death by her father, John William Hodges, who died when she was two years old; by her mother, Lucile Mackey Hodges, who died in 1995; and by a sister, Ann, who died in 1926 before Jan was born.
She moved with her mother to Buncombe County, NC, when she was three years old, and graduated from Lee Edwards High School (now Asheville High) in 1948. She graduated from Western Carolina College (now University) in 1953. Jan was married for more than 65 years to her high school sweetheart, Bill Stakias, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Jan began teaching Social Studies at West Henderson High School in 1967, where she retired as head of the department in 1994. She spent many years as faculty advisor of the West Henderson yearbook. She also took students to Raleigh to observe the State Legislature, and led students in Moot Court competitions.
Jan was a member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church and its Love Sunday School Class. She and Bill enjoyed many years with the Belles and Beaux Square Dance clubs and Memories Ballroom Dance Club.
In retirement, Jan enjoyed playing duplicate bridge. She also composed a newsletter and assisted with reunions for the Lee Edwards High School Class of 1948, of which she and Bill were both class members.
Jan is survived and lovingly remembered by her heartbroken family including husband William (Bill) Stakias; daughters Malissa Booth of West Palm Beach, FL and Susan Walters of Charlotte, NC; granddaughters Allison Davey and Kendal Walters, both of Charlotte; and great-grandsons Knox Davey, age 6, and Jett Davey, age 2. She is also survived by her husband’s siblings, brothers George Stakias (Leesburg, VA), Nick and wife Faye Stakias (Greensboro, NC) and sister Mary Spaanbroek (Cary, NC).
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February, 9, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 312 Fifth Ave. W., Hendersonville, NC 28739. The service will be immediately followed by a visitation at the church. Private burial will take place at Green Hills Cemetery, Asheville, NC.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to one of the following: Lee Edwards High School Class of 1948 c/o Nancy Carter, 40 Gibson Rd., Asheville, NC 28804; Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605; First Baptist Church of Hendersonville or a charity of one’s choice.
The family also wishes to express everlasting gratitude to Dr. James J. Caserio for literally saving our mother’s life and preserving her very high quality of life for so many years. His diagnostic skills and commitment to his patients are unmatched. We know his care also has contributed to our dad’s relatively good health at 90 years old.
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Hendersonville
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