Stella Mae (Sims) Whiteside was a twin was born on June 14, 1950 in Magnolia, Arkansas, to the union of James and Esadore (Curry) Sims. She later moved to Muskegon, Michigan with her family and graduated from Muskegon Heights High School. She received an associate degree in applied sciences from Muskegon Community College and followed up on her educational path to Grand Valley State University.
Stella accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age under the leadership of Rev. Howard Ferrell at New Jerusalem Baptist Church and later joined Spring Street Baptist Church under Rev. Isaiah G. Kirksey.
Stella worked for General Electric Co. for over 20 years and retired. She later relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband Rev. James Whiteside and worked for Broadway Southwest department store selling fragrances and cosmetics. Although, Stella loved make-up, clothing, hats, jewelry and shoes, she instantly gained a passion for helping others look their best. She loved to dress yourself and never walked out of the house without looking her best. When Stella returned to Muskegon, she worked at Steketees and Elder Beerman department stores as an assistant manager. She was known as Mrs. Fashion Fair and she could match anyone with Lancôme and Estee Lauder cosmetics. She ventured into store management at Catherine’s and later at Lane Bryant until her health started to decline. Stella began working alongside her twin Ella at the Hat Gallery incorporating suits for men and women. “Little sister” affectionately known was quiet and enjoyed a good laugh. You rarely saw Stella without a hat, and it was always a part of her church attire. She always stated to her family that a lady should always dress like a lady. She enjoyed her family, traveling, Pere Marquette beach, and listening to the Williams brothers.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by her family, Stella received her promotion and transitioned into eternal life due to a lengthy illness. She reunites with her parents James and Esadore Sims; twin sister Ella Blackmon; brother Robert Sims; nephews Dereco and Nakia Blackmon; grandmother Jolia Wyrick; aunts including Aunt Ruby; uncles; paternal and maternal grandparents.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons Deacon Andre (L’Tonya) Anthony and Roderick Anthony IV of Muskegon, MI and Lenthron Whiteside of Miami, FL; daughter Magalena Whiteside; five brothers James Sims Jr., Michael Williams, Marshall Johnson and Billy Johnson all of Muskegon, MI and Lee James Curry of Milwaukee, WS; sister Alice Faye Sims of Chicago, IL; four grandsons Roderick Anthony V, Isaiah Anthony, Genesis Anthony and Marquis Whiteside; five granddaughters Asia Anthony, Amber Anthony, Diamond Anthony, Starlean Whiteside, and Sheaunte Whiteside; seven great grandchildren Azarie, LaRee, Harmony, Alana, Gianna, Arianna and Honesty; two aunts Bobbie Mae Allen and Teresa Sharp all of Muskegon, MI; an uncle Roosevelt (Madie) Sharp of Muskegon, MI; god daughter Ashley Loudermill; special cousins Chyanne and Virginia. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Stella will be missed; however, we know that smile and laughter that came upon her face once she saw all of those who left before her