Monteen Coussons Stewart died peacefully on May 25, 2014, at her home in Tucker with family present. She was age 98 and the widow of Marvin Jones Stewart of Tucker who died in 1979.
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Born Oct. 5, 1915, she was the daughter of James Ernest Coussons and Lizzie Parham Coussons of Covington. She grew up there and was married in November of 1935. The couple moved to Chicopee in Hall County in 1936 and lived there for the next 18 years. Firstborn son, Jon Douglas Stewart, arrived in 1938, followed by Marvin Jones Stewart Jr. in 1944. Soon after moving to Atlanta in 1954 the family welcomed "bonus baby" James Timothy Stewart on Dec. 14 of that year. She and her husband lived the rest of their lives in metro Atlanta, owning two homes in Decatur and a last in Tucker. Ardent Methodists, they joined churches in Covington, Chicopee Mills, Tenth Street Methodist in Atlanta, Ousley Methodist in Decatur and Tucker First United Methodist. At Ousley, the Stewarts became fast friends with with five other couples and these friendships were to last a lifetime. With her passing, the sole survivors of this happy circle are William Dean and wife Jacque of Acworth. She was known as "Miss Monteen" to many and over the years worked for Westminster Schools, J.C. Penney, the International Show company, and the Atlanta Transit System (ATS) (now MARTA). At ATS, she was the first full-time schedule information employee. With only a telephone and route atlas early on, she advised countless riders on how to get about on the system. She retired from MARTA early in 1981. In her last years there, she was a proud and loyal member of Local 732 of the Amalgamated Transit union.
Her last 33 years were devoted to family, friends and the church. She traveled widely and was an avid reader. She also loved to sew on her old Singer machine and was an excellent cook. Her handmade biscuits and lemon meringue pie were without peer. Charitable and generous, she long supported the church and the United Methodist Women as well as may others. Chief among these were the Methodist Children's Home, The Ronald McDonald House, CURE Childhood Cancer and the Atlanta Mission. She was a longtime member of Anna's Angels, a group who provided moral and financial support to a child severely challenged from birth. Thanks to them, Anna is today a vibrant young woman.
Monteen Coussons Stewart is survived by sons, Jon Douglas Stewart of Gainesville, James Timothy Stewart of Fort Myers, Fla., and Marvin J. "Chip" Stewart Jr. of Tucker. Also surviving are daughter-in-law, Helen Helms Stewart of Gainesville; grandson, Jon Stewart and wife, Brennan Moseley Stewart, of Atlanta; grandson, Andrew Stewart and wife, Ellen Benson Stewart, and their daughters Elizabeth and Emily Stewart, all of Gainesville; nieces, Vicky Roberts Moore and Cathy Roberts Spring and husbands, John and Jerry, live in Richmond, Va. Others surviving are Jeri Coussons and son William Coussons of Statesboro, Becky Royal Jacobs and daughter Judy Jacobs Cleveland Vaden of Cumming, Jim Owensby of Covington and Helen Barnett of Conyers.
Monteen Coussons Stewart was cremated on May 27 with her sons in attendance. A graveside memorial service is planned at the Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville on her Oct. 5 birthdate.
During almost a century of life, she was a woman of virtue as described in chapter 31 of the Book of Proverbs. Now the sweet chariot of song has swung low and carried her home. May her rest and peace be blessed.
Wages and Sons Funeral Home, Stone Mountain
Ward's Funeral Home
758 Main Street SW Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on July 9, 2014