Sara A. Stewart, 79, loving grandmother
Sara A. Stewart, a loving grandmother, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. She was 79.
She was born on June 26, 1937 to the late Gladys M. Carter and Claiborn L. Carter in the Isle of Wight County, Va. Friends and family affectionately knew her as Anne. She had five siblings: Robert, Claiborn Jr., John Edward, Raymond and Minnie. She was the fifth-oldest child of the six.
Eventually the family moved from Virginia and settled in the Strafford area of Pennsylvania. This is where she was raised and educated. She was educated in the Tredyffrin school district and graduated from TE High School in 1955.
While a student at TE High School, Stewart was a gifted athlete. She played both basketball and field hockey. The latter of which she would not hesitate to pull out her jacket letters to remove all doubt of just how good she was.
She married her high school sweetheart, William D. Gullins, in 1957 and three children were born to their union.
They divorced and she later married George E. Stewart in 1968. To this union, one child was born.
Stewart spent most of her life as an administrative assistant in various capacities. Her family said she prided herself on typing and shorthand skills and could take dictation faster than you could talk but she was also a woman of many other talents and abilities. While married to George, he started a construction and contracting company called GSP Builders. Stewart ran the office during the day for GSP and would be on job sites by night assisting in whatever construction tasks needed to be done.
She carried those acquired carpentry skills forward with her. Anyone who knew Anne also knew that you always saw her working on one project or another. She designed and built things such as her deck, her kitchen or her triplex property for which she did a great deal of the work herself.
Stewart was an adventurer who loved to experience new things and expose her children, grandchildren and all their friends in the neighborhood to all the things which many of them may never have known. She would take them on hikes to remote locations whether they wanted to or not, boating and camping outside the city.
She was an avid gardener, too, growing both vegetables and a variety of flowers. Stewart served as the block captain in her neighborhood for many years and worked with the city and Horticultural Society to get free flowers to keep the “island” on her block beautiful.
While working with her hands and pursuing new adventures were some of the things she greatly enjoyed, the center of her joy was God and her family. She would routinely have scripture readings with family members and she would never hesitate to open her door for family gatherings which she loved.
Stewart shared a special and unique relationship with each of her children. But she shared a particularly special bond with each of her grandchildren who affectionately knew her as “Mom-Mom.” Her grandchildren would share things with Mom-Mom that no one else knew and the trust was never broken. Her family said her patience, understanding and love for them was limitless and unconditional and she regularly disregarded any parental rules given to her about what to do with or give her grandchildren.
She is survived by: her daughters, Loretta (Calvin), Juanita (Cliff); sons, William (Paula) and Brett (Deborah); brother, Claiborn; grandchildren, Christina, Tina, Tamica, Stephanie, William Jr., Cliff Jr., Zora and Imara; great-grandchildren, Korahn and Riyan Lorraine; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held March 4 at Resurrection Baptist Church, 5401 Lansdowne Ave. Burial was private.
Slater Funeral Home handled the arrangements.