Our dear mother is finally at peace with Jesus and she is again dancing with the love of her life. Geneva Mary (Newhart) Stewart, 93, of Frankfort died peacefully in her home on May 9, 2016 at 1:14 p.m. Her husband, Harold E. Stewart, preceded her in death on February 20, 2005. She was born on September 20, 1922 in Buck Creek, IN to Thomas Ivory and Myrtle Ivy (Robey) Newhart. She was the seventh of nine children, William, Walter, Dorothy, James, Dale, Melvin, Thomas, and Betty.
While attending Little Jeff High School, she met the man of her dreams, Harold E. Stewart, on a blind date. They were married on her birthday, September 20, 1939 in the First Christian Church by Reverend Farr. Her children were truly blessed to have been the result of this perfect union.
Our mother was a woman like no other. Anyone who knew her knew what a remarkable woman she was. She was a tough task master but would bend over backward to help anyone. She loved her husband and family more than anything in the world and devoted her life to us, her home, and her yard. She was not only a great household executive, but she worked side by side with Daddy at the furniture markets and as an interior design specialist at Stewart’s Furniture. She was a girl scout leader for 15 years, a cub scout den mother for 5 years, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Clinton Chapter 6 for 55 years, and a member of the First Christian Church for well over 50 years where she participated in the Ladies’ Concern Group. She was also a member of Zonta professional women’s group.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of our mother may donate to First Christian Church, 58 South Columbia Street, Frankfort, IN 46041 or the Order of Eastern Star Clinton Chapter 6, 201 South Main Street, Frankfort, IN 46041, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visitation and Services
A Celebration of Geneva’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Goodwin Funeral Home. The ladies of the Order of Eastern Star Clinton Chapter 6 will begin the service. Friends may visit with the family from Noon until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Jill Carroll will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunnell Cemetery.
Surviving children include: Harold Milton (Wife: Kathleen) Stewart of Indianapolis, Sharon Kay Davis (Husband: Jim) Stahly of Warsaw, Cheryl Lynn (Husband: Frank) Lushe of Arlington, VA, and Tara (Husband: Allen) Evans of Frankfort. Also surviving are her sister: Betty Haggard of Lake Mary, FL; 11 grandchildren: Alex, Nicky, Duane, Greg, Jennifer, Dale, Stephen, Stephanie, Michael, Shelly, and Jason; 21 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren.
Her parents, husband, and all of her siblings, except Betty, preceded her in death.