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Mary Margaret Stewart

Age 87, of Wilmington, passed away on June 9, 2011. She was married to the late Lincoln Anderson Stewart.

Mary Margaret is survived by her daughter, Mary Christine Peters and her husband Gale of Leesburg, VA and her son, Tom Stewart and his wife Cheryl of Wilmington, DE. Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Olivia, Gordon and Diane Peters and Yulia, Anya and Asiya Stewart; and her two sisters-in-law, Florence Stewart of Courtland, KS and Doris Judd of Ontario,NY.

Born in Manila, Philippines, she was raised in a military family and grew up on Army bases all over the United States. She graduated from High School in 1941 in Georgetown, VA, and attended 1 year of college from 1942-1943 at Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, MS. She met her husband-to-be, Lincoln Stewart, in post-war Germany when she was working as a civilian employee of the US Army doing court reporting and he was enlisted in the US Air Force.

Lincoln and Mary Margaret were married in July of 1947. Lincoln worked for the DuPont Company for nearly 40 years after completing his tour of duty with the Air Force, and the Stewart family lived in New Jersey, Frankfurt, W. Germany; Rochester, NY; and Wilmington, DE over the years as Lincoln was transferred with DuPont. Wilmington was their home from 1970 onwards.

Mary Margaret had many interests, including: her beloved Macintosh computers, photography, opera, needlework & embroidery, sewing, investing, her church, singing at church services & weddings as a soloist, and travelling all over the US and Europe on vacations with her family. She was very outgoing, and loved to help other people. She often said that a day was "wasted" if she had failed to make a new friend that day. She had friends in many places, spoke German and French, and used her German to keep up with her friends in Germany.

She dearly missed her husband Lincoln after he passed away in 2001. They were married 54 years. Mary Margaret was called "Gram" and "Baba" by her two sets of grandchildren, who were the main highlight of her life in her later years. Mary Margaret was a homemaker, mother and grandmother for 61 years, and she never stopped helping her family and friends who were in need. She was a talented musician, who could play any song "by ear" on the piano once she had listened to it a few times. She had a great sense of humor, an easy laugh and was very outgoing and social, and she always made you feel welcome when you went to see her. She was a one-of-a-kind, unique person, very independent and free thinking. Her family will miss her greatly.

There will be no funeral services and interment was private at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery.

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Published in The News Journal on June 19, 2011
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