She was born Aug. 23, 1913, in San Diego. She found the love of her life in John Stewart, whom she married Nov. 29, 1941. They raised six children. She moved to Eagle Point 30 years ago after her husband passed away.
She started volunteering with the Eagle Point Head Start in 1982 in conjunction with the Foster Grandparent Program and continued to volunteer in the classroom for the next 28 years. She was honored by the National Head Start Association as the “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2003. She traveled to Detroit to receive this honor before hundreds of Head Start parents and staff. She often said that as long as she could get out of bed, she would be coming to see the kids at Head Start (and she didn’t retire until 2010 at the age of 96). She came to school everyday riding on the school bus with the children and showed an unparalleled devotion and dedication to the children. She had a wicked sense of humor and loved practical jokes. At the same time, she had a calm and soothing presence with the children and loved to read to them and help them do puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Stewart; son, Benjamin Stewart and daughter, Patricia Drew. She is survived by daughters, JoAnn Lulow, Lakeside, Calif., Phyllis Stewart Richards, Eagle Point and Bernice Alvilar, San Diego; 21 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and countless “grandchildren” she fostered through her 28 ½ years at Eagle Point Head Start.
The memorial service was held Feb. 12. Donations may be made to Eagle Point Head Start in the name of Phyllis Stewart. Arrangements by Conger Morris Medford.