Stewart, Ruth May (Stone) Beloved mother, grandmother, friend and teacher, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2013 at age 91. Preceded in death by husband, Jerry; and son, John. Survived by children, Peggy (Phil) Mitchell and Jim (Robin) Stewart; grandchildren, Andy Mitchell, Kelsey (Joe) Schnackenberg, Caitlyn Stewart and Trevor Stewart. Ruth was born on August 30, 1921 to Art and Erma Stone. She was a graduate of Marshall University High School (1939) and the University of Minnesota (1944). Ruth met her future husband Jerry Stewart at the University and they married in 1945 while he was in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war they settled in Minneapolis where both became teachers in the Minneapolis schools and raised their family. Ruth taught physical education and health at Southwest High School and retired in 1981. Ruth loved her job, was a devoted educator and was loved by her students. She and Jerry also loved golf and were very active members at Minnesota Valley golf course. After retirement she and Jerry enjoyed traveling and golf and when Jerry became disabled Ruth became a devoted caregiver. Ruth also loved spending time with her grandchildren. After Jerry passed away, Ruth became quite active with the University of Minnesota Education Alumni board and along with a fellow Marshall University Alumni graduate started the first scholarship for disabled students at the University. Visitation at 12:00 PM and memorial service at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, 55344. Special thanks to the caring staff at Summit Place which has been Ruth's home for the last 10 years. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society preferred. www.Washburn-McReavy.com
Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.