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Laverna A. Stewart


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Laverna A. Stewart Obituary
Laverna A. Stewart, 96, of Quincy, died at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Good Samaritan Home.

Born April 10, 1922, in Quincy, Laverna was the daughter of Chester E. and Lillian M. Wulfmeyer Birrer. She married Donald G. Stewart on Sept. 6, 1942, at First Presbyterian Church, Henderson, Ky. He preceded her in death Sept. 11, 2006.

Laverna attended Quincy Public Schools and was a graduate of Quincy High School. She was employed at Illinois Bell Telephone until she became a full-time wife and mother. Following Don's retirement, they enjoyed spending many winter months in St. Petersburg, Fla., where they attended virtually all of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training games.

A lifelong member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ where she was baptized and confirmed, Laverna also served as an adviser for both the Junior and Senior High youth groups, was an Undershepherd and served on the Board of Christian Education. Laverna was active with the Salem Womens Guild and Couples Club.

Laverna was a member of Alpha Chapter 109 Order of Eastern Star, Miriam White Shrine of Jerusalem, and was a past member of the DeMolay Mother's Club, University of Illinois Mother's Association and a past officer of the Beta Theta Pi Social Fraternity Mom's Club at U of I.

Laverna held various offices in P.T.A. and served on many committees and fundraising drives. Her great aunt, Margaret Bastert, was a co-founder of Good Samaritan Home, and Laverna was a life member of the Good Samaritan Home Auxiliary and the Good Samaritan Home Association. For many years, she was an active supporter of the Quincy Community Theatre and a member of the Women's City Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan L. Stewart of Chesterfield, Mo.; her daughter-in-law, Linda R. Stewart of Reston, Va.; her granddaughter, Tracy M. Stewart and her husband, Kevin Toop, of Reston, Va.; her great-granddaughter, Caitlin Toop of Reston, Va.; a cousin, Maxine Anderson of Winona, Minn.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Laverna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; and her son, James K. Stewart.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Disseler conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

VISITATION: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: Salem Church or Good Samaritan Home.

ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: zrsc.com

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2018
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