Golds was born in Worthing in 1946, the youngest of three daughters of Clarence Septimus Golds and Joan Caroline Golds (nee Gratwicke).
She married in 1965. After a brief time in Rayleigh, Essex, the family moved back to Worthing, and several years later moved to Sedlescombe, near Battle in East Sussex.
Divorced in 1981, Stella started a building and property development company, buying large Victorian properties, renovating and restoring them, and converting them into quality apartments. She was a Member of the Federation of Master Builders. She then had furniture shops (antique and modern), and a property letting and management company.
She married Mike Stickland in 1988. Stella has two sons, two stepsons and an adopted daughter. She and Mike have ten grandchildren.
Stella was a member of White Lodge, The College
of Psychotherapeutics (now the Centre of New Directions) based in Tunbridge Wells.
is passionately interested in healing, complementary medicine, all aspects of building
and restoration, and politics. She specialises in food allergies and healthy eating regimes which can reduce weight significantly.