CEDAR PARK, TX - Barbara Ann Stewart, 65, passed away on Friday (8-2-13) at home.
Born on January 16, 1948 in Montague, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Joseph and Harriet (Holbrook) Stewart. She was a 1966 graduate of Greenfield (MA) High School.
Barbara enlisted in the U. S. Army
in 1975, where she was a helicopter crew chief and trained as a helicopter gunner before transferring into behavioral science as a counselor. She attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and retired in 1995 at Fort Hood, Texas.
After retiring from the Army she worked for Applied Materials, the US Post Office and Texas Department of Transportation.
Barbara resided in Cedar Park, Texas, with her lifetime partner, Lori. They loved to travel, journeying to China, Costa Rica, Mexico, many countries in Europe, and Israel. She also enjoyed traveling in her RV and visited 48 of the 50 states.
She was a member of the Good Water Master Naturalists where she volunteered in various educational, outreach and service projects dedicated to management of natural resources and areas within Williamson County, TX. She volunteered at the Austin rodeo, working with the Chat and Chew group cooking for volunteers.
Survivors include her partner, Lori Merlino of Cedar Park, her son Sean Stewart, his wife Rachel and granddaughter McKayla of Holyoke, MA as well as numerous cousins who reside in western Massachusetts.
Funeral services for Barbara will be on Thursday (8-8-13) at 11 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield.
Burial with military honors will follow in Green River Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held the previous evening (Wed. 8-7-13) from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the memory of Barbara Stewart to Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery and Prayer Garden, 330 Berry Lane, Georgetown, TX 78626. The donations will continue Barbara's legacy of love of native plants along the Walk of the Beatitudes Nature Trail.