Monday, June 4, 2012

Sarah Elizabeth (Gan) Stewart 1928-2007

Sarah Elizabeth Stewart, born September 4, 1928, was one of four children born to the union of the late James Franklin and Amanda (York) Gan, near Bloodland, Missouri.

Elizabeth departed this life the morning of July 21, 2007 in the Phelps County Regional Medical Center of Rolla, Missouri at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 17 days from congestive heart failure and several surgeries and infections.

Elizabeth's mother, Amanda, passed away January 16, 1936 with cancer. She is buried in the Old Friendship Cemetery of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and so is her father "Little Frank", as he was fondly called. Frank died in a car accident on November 17, 1965.

Elizabeth's father married Edith Campbell, after the death of Amanda, and brought the family back together. They lived near Bloodland, Missouri until the family was forced to move to make way for Fort Leonard Wood, to train soldiers for World War II. They moved to the Northwest part of Pulaski County to the community of Turkey Ridge near Waynesville. Elizabeth attended Bloodland School and Turkey Ridge School.

Elizabeth was united in marriage to Robert M. "Bob" Stewart, a World War II veteran, on January 12, 1947 and they had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They shared four children: Sandra, William Robert (Billy Bob), Marlena and Richard.

Elizabeth and Bob lived in Rolla, when Bob was attending the Missouri School of Mines. They lived in East Peoria, Illinois while Bob worked for Caterpillar and in the fall of 1950, they moved back to Waynesville when Bob was employed at Fort Leonard Wood. Bob went to work in Rolla at the U.S.G.S. in January 1957. He retired in May of 1981. Elizabeth was very busy with caring and being there for their children and being a good loving wife. She was a very good seamstress and sewed many clothes.

Elizabeth and Bob loved to travel and camp, which they combined when they started their craft shows all over Missouri and many other states. Their last shows featured beautiful, "Plenty Pockets Purses", made from "pre-loved" jeans which Bob cut and Elizabeth sewed. They called their business "Stewart's Denim-ite Designs."

Elizabeth and Bob are currently attending Community Christian Church of Rolla, Missouri and have attended Ridgeview Christian Church of Rolla, MO and First Christian Church of Waynesville, MO.

Elizabeth and Bob loved their children and grandchildren and made many trips to visit them.

Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Bob and the children: Sandra Gass and her husband John of Burlington, IA, W.R. (Billy Bob) Stewart and his wife, Tracy of O'Fallon, IL and Marlena Jones and her husband Terry of Rolla, MO; step-son: Richard Stewart of Morton, IL; step-sister: Frieda York of Waynesville, MO; 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; 2 step-brothers: John and Jim Campbell; step-sister: Imogene Reeves; 2 sisters and their husbands: Lettie Baranowski and Joe, Mary Bell Booker and Bud; one brother: Lee Otis Gan and wife Edna (Jefferies); daughter-in-law: Gloria Stewart; and infant grandson: Jeremy Jones.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 24, 2007 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dale Wands officiating. Sarah Wands read a beautiful poem in honor of Elizabeth. The song "Forever and Ever Amen" was played and Soloist Becky Lercher sang "The Old Rugged Cross". Serving as escorts were Leonard Atterberry, Larry Baranowski, Francis Barnes, Jerry Avery, James Baranowski and James Booker. Serving as honorary escorts were Dwight and J.R. Baranowski.

Burial followed in the Idumea Cemetery of Laquey, Missouri. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Elizabeth Stewart to the Idumea Cemetery Fund and may be left at Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

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