Ouida Pauline Davis Steward
May 12, 1912-March 2, 2013
Ouida was born near Lubbock, Texas on May 12, 1912 as the youngest of 5 children, to Dempse Martin and Henrietta Carr Davis. Ouida graduated from high school at Lubbock in 1928 and began taking courses at Texas Tech that same year.
In 1930 she moved to Los Angeles and continued her education at UCLA
where she obtained a B.A. in Education in 1932. With degree in hand, Ouida returned to Texas and taught at various schools while attending summer sessions at the University of Texas
. Ouida obtained a Masters Degree in Education in 1941.
She married R.J. "Buster" Steward in Lubbock, Texas on June 3, 1942. Ouida taught in Phoenix, Ariz. until she and Buster moved to Camp Verde, Ariz. in 1955 where they built and operated a welding shop, lumber yard and hardware business. After selling the business in Camp Verde, Ouida taught school in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Buster and Ouida moved to Bloomfield in 1979 where Ouida was able to pursue her interest in genealogy while working as the librarian for the Salmon Ruin Archaeological Research Center until 1990.
Ouida was an active member of the Bloomfield Methodist Church and Totah Tracers. She enjoyed traveling around the country on various research projects and visiting relatives. Widowed in 1990, Ouida followed her son and daughter-in-law to Colorado, Wyoming and finally settling in Montana in 2002.
In 2000 Ouida published her book on the Descendants of J.D. and Henrietta Carr, of Texas. She resided at St. John's in Billings until passing quietly, in her sleep, on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Ouida was preceded in death by her husband, R.J. "Buster" Steward in 1990 and survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Karen Steward, of Broadview, Mont., as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins scattered across the country.
Ouida was strong willed, tenacious, thrifty and fiercely loyal to family. She had a knack for one-liners that would really make your day. She will remain in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Ouida's memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/