|Notes for Eliza A. Mary Mason|
The life story of Mary Eliza Stewart, is comparable to the lives of the pioneers of the West, who settled and developed our country.
As they were the back-bone of our nation, so Ma Stewart was the back-bone of her family.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 1, 1871, the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary mason. At an early age, she and her family moved to Topeka, Kansas. She left Topeka at the age of 17, to marry Reginald W. Stewart in Denver, Colorado. Of this union there was born a son, the late Samuel Sylvester Stewart.
During her life time her biggest asset was the courage with which she faced life. When Ma told you the story of her life, which she loved to do, one could not help but admire the strength and fortitude with which she met the hard-ships of life. Yet, being the strong believer in God that she was, she never failed to give him credit and thanks for everything that she accomplished.
During her sojourn in the mid-west, where she lived before coming East, she began to develop the talents that God had given her.
At a time when Women were not recognized as they are now, Ma started on her career as a business woman at the side of her mate, and with her help her husband and she started their own real-estate business.
Despite the advise of Horace Greeley, who about that time was saying, "Go West young man go West", the Stewarts felt that their destiny lay in the Eastern part of the United States. Thus they migrated to New Jersey where they continued to be pioneers in the business world.
Upon their arrival in New Jersey they united with the 13th Avenue Presbyterian Church under the ministry of the late Rev. Eggleston and became active members. She was a diligent steward as attested by her affiliation with the many organizations of the church.
In her twilight years her interest were narrowed to the Inspirational Chorous, Missionary Society, and the Violet Club.
Even though her life was a busy one she still had time to devote to her family.
Mother Stewart was not only a good mother to her own son, but she was also a good mother to her oldest Granddaughter Elizabeth Gwyn, whom she reared from birth as her own daughter, carrying out a promise which she had made to a dying mother. She loved her other Grand-children also with a great devotion and warmth and lived to be the fore-bearer of five generations.
In her declining years, many people came to comfort this grand old lady, yet they would leave not the comforting but the comforted.
As long as there remains behind one person who has come in contact with her, the spirit of inspiration, faith, and God's great love will always be born anew through the memory of her.
In conclusion we can say that Mother Stewart fulfilled the description of a good woman as described in Proverbs 31st Chapter where it says:
"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." "She riseth also while it is yet night and giveth meat to her house-hold." "She considereth a field and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vinyard." "She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms." "Strength and honor are her clothing, ans she shall rejoice in time to come." "She openeth her mouth with wisdome; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." "She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness." "Her children arise up, and call her blessed." "Therefore give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." Ma was all of these, and we are quite sure that her own works has praised her in the gates and she is now reaping the reward of her labor.
She leaves to mourn their lost a daughter, Elizabeth Gwyn, 5 Grand-children Regina Mosely, Samuel Stewart Jr., Patricia Hicks, Jean Baker, and Jane Hutchins. Also 10 great grand-children, and 5 great-great grand-children. Also a Nephew Earl Potter and a stepson Rex Stewart
|Notes for Reginald "Rex" William (Spouse 1)|
|"Jane Johnson had met Rex's father in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, at a concert of religious music where Rex Sr., sang in a quartet from Lincoln University. He helpsed support his studies by singing and occasionally working in restarurants - waiting on tables, playing the piano, violin, mandolin."|
Dr. Harold R. Scott, President Lincoln University Alumni Chapter spoke at his funeral.
Funeral by Luke H. Dancy's Funeral Home
Stewart, Reginald W
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