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Ruby M. Stewart

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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Ruby M. Stewart, 101, formerly of Brazil, died Dec. 5, 2007, at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan, Kan.

Born Feb. 28, 1906, in Harmony, she was the daughter of Bert and Sophronia Martin.

She attended the former Brazil High School and in 1923, was a member of the first graduating class of the former Van Buren High School near Harmony.

She graduated with honors from the Brazil Business University in 1924 and was employed thereafter by the Prudential Insurance Company until her marriage in 1928 to the late Judge Robert B. Stewart. He died Aug. 27, 1970, having served 26 years as Judge of the Clay County Circuit Court, with four years remaining on his fifth term.

Mrs. Stewart was a loyal member of the first United Methodist Church, Brazil, and its W.W.U. Church School class, which her husband taught for 12 years.

She was also a member of the Methodist Women's Organization, the former Ladies Literary Society, Social Science Club, a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority since 1930, and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 80 since 1931.

Survivors include one son, Dr. G. Kent Stewart, Manhattan, Kan., Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University; two daughters-in-law, Barbara and Beverly Stewart; two grandsons, Reed Jr. and Paul Stewart; four granddaughters, Kenna Frink, Jill Rusk, Kimberly Stewart Boechler and Elaine Stewart; one sister, Phyllis Kurtz, Ottawa, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren, Kristin and Kyle Bundy, Lucas, Alexandra, Taylor and Payne Stewart, Ruby Rene' and Rebekah Rene'; and two nieces and four nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Sue; a son, Reed; president emeritus of Wesley College, Dover, Del.; a brother, Otto Martin; and four sisters, Mable Sully, Lois Turner Huron, Marie Howald and Tillie Hedge.

Services will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at French Funeral Home, Brazil, with Pas. Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will be at Clearview Cemetery.

Vistation is from noon-2 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, N. Meridian St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.