Needa Faye Stubblefield Ross passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Sept. 16, 2020, in Brenham. She was just nearing her 90th birthday when she suffered a stroke in her home.
Needa, was a prolific painter, and always signed her paintings as “Nita.” Painting was a touchstone for her, as she kept a separate studio on her property that was once shared with her equally talented late husband, Hardy E Ross. Her landscapes and still lifes were close looks into nature and were well known locally. In 2015 the Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum held a retrospective of her work, showing more than 25 works throughout. Additionally, Needa played a yearly role in her community by painting several of the widely spread posters for both the Scarecrow and Bluebonnet Festivals of Chappell Hill. A kind and gentle woman, she was admired by her art students and friends.