Ann Jo Reynolds Stewart, 79, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Nampa, Idaho, due to complications following surgery.
Ann was born May 29, 1933, in Rigby to Elwin Warren Reynolds and Milla Helena Lee Reynolds. She was the oldest of four children. She grew up in Lost River Valley, where her parents taught school and ran a farm. She attended school in Lost River and Arco and graduated from Butte High School in 1951. She attended school at Ricks College for two semesters.
Ann enjoyed school and loved learning. Her favorite thing to do was read a book, and she could always be seen with a book in her hand. That passion continued with her throughout her entire life.
Ann married Alden Jay Stewart on Dec. 11, 1951, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They settled in the Lost River Valley and were blessed with five children.
Ann worked at several different jobs during her life, but one of her favorites was the time she spent as the activities director at the Lost River Nursing Home. She loved spending time with the residents and getting to know them.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many different callings in the Primary, Relief Society and Sunday school. She and Jay also served as temple workers in the Idaho Falls Temple and as stake missionaries. Ann devoted her life to serving others through her church callings, volunteering in the PTA and Hospital Auxiliary and acts of service to many in the community.
Ann is survived by her children, Terry (Marci) Stewart of Caldwell, Brian (Leslie) Stewart of Nampa, Helen (Mark) McNabb of Moses Lake, Wash., Esther (Stewart) Portela of Firth and Warren (Krisele) Stewart of Nampa; a brother, Larry Reynolds; sister, Anita Birch; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay; her parents, Elwin and Milla; a brother, Lee Reynolds; and a granddaughter, Emily.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Moore, Idaho, LDS church. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Moore Stake Center and Saturday for one hour prior to services. Interment will be in Lost River Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Family Funeral Home.