Shirley S. Stewart

December 5, 1922 - April 2, 2015

Shirley Maxine Salisbury Stewart
Born December 5, 1922 Died April 2, 2015

Born Langley, Kentucky to Dial and Rebecca Salisbury

Married Edwin Verdun Stewart July 1946

Shirley was a person who never stopped learning or teaching. She started her teaching career at the age of 18 and continued her involvement in her last year of life as a volunteer at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Florida. She was the “Queen Bee” of the Quilting Bee and Sewing Circle at RHS and loved sharing her knowledge and stories with the students. At age 21 she joined the WAVES and served during WWII with the Department of the Navy. After her marriage; teaching, raising her four children, supporting the Maytown Wildcat basketball team, continuing her education with her masters degree in Library Science at Morehead State University, being active in her community with the Maytown Women’s Club, and gardening took up most of her time. After the death of her husband and her retirement she set out on a course of self-discovery that ultimately led to the publication of 3 books, quilting over 50 quilts (she didn’t start quilting until she was 70) and spending time with her children and grandchildren each year at Gran’s Gathering and whenever else she could see them. She adored all of her great- grandchildren and looked forward to every opportunity to hear their stories and tell them her’s.

Survived by eldest son-Eddie V. Stewart and wife Stephanie Turner Stewart (Batavia, OH); only daughter-Rebecca L. Stewart (Fort Myers, FL); daughters-in-law-Susan Halbert Stewart (Martin,KY) and Karen Stevens Stewart Felty (Grayson, KY); grandchildren-William D. Stewart and wife Stephanie Jo (Batavia, Ohio), Michael E. Stewart and wife Jennifer (Batavia), Spencer J.T. Stewart and wife Patricia (Winchester, KY), Thomas E. Stewart and wife Kelly Jo (Independence, KY), Lindsey R. Stewart and husband Daniel Ramos (Columbus, OH), Cara L. Stewart and husband Nate Green (Covington, KY), Julie E. Stewart (Covington, KY), Ben R. Stewart (Batavia, OH); great-grandchildren-Caleb, Max, Anna, Dylan, Ella, Nolan, Claire; brothers-Amos Salisbury/Regina, Herman Salisbury/Tharlene, Judy Salisbury Colvin/G.B., Fred Salisbury/Cheryl; sisters-in-law-Thelma Stewart, Mildred Stewart, Martha Tharlene Salisbury, Janet Salisbury. And many nieces, nephews, friends, and former students who will remember a life well lived. Those who left for the next level before her: husband-Edwin V. Stewart, sons-Thomas S. Stewart and Paul Jeffery Stewart, brothers-Harold Salisbury, Thomas Salisbury, Dean Salisbury, William Salisbury and sister-Helen Webb.

To honor Shirley, the family asks that you tell someone else your stories and listen to theirs, read or sing to a child, learn something new, and be observant of the world around you.

If you wish to make a donation please think about donating to the library or school of your choice in her name.

A private ceremony will take place in May at the family cemetery located in Maytown, Kentucky. The family will share lunch at Jenny Wiley State Park and everyone is invited to join them at that time (announcement of date will be made on facebook).

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.

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