Geneva Mary (Newhart) Stewart

May 9, 2016

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.

Survived by:

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.

Preceded by:

Her parents, husband, and all of her siblings, except Betty, preceded her in death.


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8 Condolences for “Geneva Mary (Newhart) Stewart”

  1. Gina Gorman Emery May 11, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Stephanie and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandmother. I remember how much you used to talk about her when we worked together. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. Love Gina

  2. Jan Kersey May 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

    To the Stewart family-
    We remember the days up on the river and the fun your mom shared with our mother (Margaret Gibbs). Great memories. To Sharon,
    our trips back and forth from ISU while in college, and to Milt, your help at the furniture store and on the golf course. Your Mom was a
    super strong person that has lived a wonderful life. Our sympathy goes to all of you during this sad time of her passing.
    Gary and Jan Kersey

  3. Devon& Becka Hapner May 13, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Sending you our love. We will get together when you get back.
    Devon& family

  4. Maj. Graden E. Loveless USMC (Ret) May 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Have fond memories of Harold and Geneva, especially from Boy Scouts and church.

  5. Becky Miller May 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    To the Harold and Geneva family: It was an honor to know your parents, and I am sorry for your loss. They were both so loving and yet so dignified. They have touched many lives, and I am thankful for my memories of them both.

  6. Pam Hall May 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I have such fond memories of Harold and Geneva . . . praising God that they are now HOME together. I also pray God’s comfort and peace for each of you. May your own memories together bring you close as He holds your hearts and minds in His hands. Thanks for sharing your folks with the rest of us.

  7. Bev Howe Strain May 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    To the Stewart gang,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Geneva. You mom and dad were so dear to my mom and dad. The years of friendship grew into an extended family for both sides. I think of the Stewart’s, Eberle’s and Howe’s playing cards every Friday night, going fishing, going to movies and out to dinner, just having FUN together. What a GOOD life they all had. SO many memories, so much love.
    Your parents were great neighbors to Larry’s mom and dad. Geneva was especially kind after Larry’s dad passed. You mom was a blessing to all who knew her. I will miss her. I tried to keep in touch at Christmas each year. If I had known when she passed I would have flown home. That’s what dad would have done and me too. Love and hugs to all of you.
    Bev and Larry

  8. Evelyn Poppell May 31, 2016 at 9:39 pm


    Your family’s video of your mother is a loving tribute to a beautiful woman. You could pass as her twin in her younger years. God bless you during this difficult time. My sympathies to you and your family.

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