Estella “Stella” Louise (Anders) Stutzman, 74, Garden City, MO, died December 19, 2016 peacefully in her home. Service with burial ceremony to follow, 2 pm Friday, December 23, 2016, Longview Funeral home 12700 S. Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO; viewing, 1 pm Friday, December 23. Contributions to National Osteoporosis Foundation can be made in lieu of flowers.
Stella was born November 9, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Charles Anders and Laura (Chastin) Anders. She attended grade school in the Ruskin school district and graduated from the 8th grade in 1957.
She married John Lee Stutzman in 1959. In their early years they resided on 5 acres in Raymore, Missouri. A place she and her family held many fond memories of. She was a full time homemaker during the years their 4 children were young. She loved to craft especially with Artex painting patterns and paints. Stella also really enjoyed bowling and much of her life was spent in the sport recreationally. A hobby her children grew to love as well and became a family tradition.
After John’s retirement in 1992 they settled in Garden City, Missouri. She enjoyed putting together puzzles, tending to her flower gardens, mowing the grass on their 20 acres, watching the Kansas City Royals and she was a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan. She had a real heart for animals and while she owned and care for many over the years she especially was close to her Shelties, King and Max.
Stella was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Johnny Anders, brothers-in-law, Elec Gile and Lester Kates and her husband, John. She is survived by children John Stutzman (Zeny), Kanas City, MO; Gerry Stutzman (Cheryl), Garden City, MO; Maria Stutzman (Randy Torchia), Grandview, MO and Sherri Gould (Will), Garden City, MO; sisters Dixie Kates (Smithville, MO), Mary Gile (Belton, MO) and a brother Robert Anders (Cameron, MO); 5 grandchildren Samantha Thornton (Chris), Queena Stutzman, Joe Kelley (Kleigh), Alex Stutzman and Christian Gould; 6 great grand-children Romeo Stutzman (11), Princess Stutzman (8), Anderson Thornton (5), Angel Stutzman (4), Connor Kelley (3) and Savannah Thornton (2); a sister in-law Judy Anders as well as several nieces and nephews.