|Name||Margaret E. "Mrs. F. Ross" Stewart|
Piedmont, Alabama , United States
|| 00, 1914
|| October 31, 2005
Dec 22, 2014 04:53pm
|Info||MARGARET ESTELLE TURNER STEWART |
91, Mother, teacher, genealogist, writer
Graveside services for Margaret Estelle Turner Stewart, 91, were held last Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Memorial Gardens with Smith-Perry Funeral Home of Centre directing. Mrs. Stewart died Oct. 31 at the VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Survivors include her son, Frank R. Stewart Jr. and his wife Charlotte of Fayette; a granddaughter Bessie Odessa Stewart; two sister-in-laws Mrs. Ivy C. Turner Jr. of Piedmont and Mrs. John R. Stewart of Fayetteville, Ga.; friends and caregivers, Mrs. Frances Cothran and Mrs. Jeanne Crabb, both of Piedmont. Mrs. Stewart was a nationall known genealogist and a noted authority on the history of Alabama counties and families. She was a graduate of Jacksonville State College and Auburn University and studied at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, Ohio State University and Peabody College. She was a prolific reasearcher and author, a world traveller, a long-time public school teacher, and a tireless organizer and advocate for women's groups. She was a veteran of World War II having served as a cryptographer in the Marine Corps. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Frank Ross Stewart, Alabama's State Superintendent of Education 1958-1961 and president of Troy State College 1961-1984. After his death, Mrs. Stewart enlivened the Alabama political scene for four decades with spirited runs for public office. In 1992 she ran and lost against former U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin. Mrs. Stewart was a lifelong Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church, Centre. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cherokee County Library, Centre, Al 35960, which has accepted her archives, or to a charity of choice.