Ethel M. Stewart

Funeral services for Ethel M. Stewart, 91, Lawrence, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at her home.

She was born December 17, 1924 in Hays, KS, the daughter of Franklin N. and Anna Mae (Haynes) LaRosh.

She worked at East Heights Elementary School and in 1972 she began working at Watkins Library and then at William Allen White School of Journalism both at the University of Kansas until she retired in 1989.

She was married to Bennie Leroy Stewart on September 4, 1949 in Hutchinson, KS. He preceded her in death May 20, 2011.

Survivors include two daughters: Anne (husband, David) Johnson, of Emmetsburg, IA, Christine (husband, James) Thomson, of Cedar Rapids, IA, two sons: David (wife, Renae) Stewart, of Mesa, AZ, Harold (wife, Darlene) Stewart, of Scottsbluff, NE, twenty-four grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings; a grandson; and a great grandson.

The family will greet friends from 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the service on Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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  1. Mary Gordon on April 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I am very sad to hear of Ethel’s death. I always admired her very much. The Stewarts were close friends of ours since the 1950’s.

    I am unable to be at her service because my daughter, Lori, is ill and is at the KU Medical Center. My thoughts and prayers will be there, though.

    Mary Gordon

  2. Kathryn & Stephen Egbert on June 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

    We think of Ethel and Bennie every time our peonies bloom in the spring. They gave us some starts that we planted in our yard about 20 years ago. We know this is a time of transition knowing that you won’t see either of them until you/we pass on ourselves, however, we are happy to know that Ethel and Bennie are together again. Our continued love and prayers for your family.

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