Carolyn "Bea" Stewart passed away peacefully June 28th, aged 85 in Willits. She was born Oct 12, 1927 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Carolyn grew up in Yeadon, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. After high school she applied and was accepted to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In her second year of college she attended a dance where she met her future husband, Douglas Hafen Stewart, of nearby Springville. Douglas and Carolyn left Utah for Southern California in 1948 and later came north and settled in Oakley, CA in Contra Costa County. They started their family and raised four children. After her children were older she returned to college and received a degree in Social Welfare and worked as an eligibility worker for Contra Costa County. Education was always important to Carolyn and she made sure all her children prepared for and attended college. Upon retirement she and her husband moved to a house in Camp Meeker where they lived together until Douglas' death in 1989. They were married for 43 years. She was very active and traveled extensively to places including Australia, Germany, England, Mexico and Alaska. She also enjoyed the arts, hiking with the Sierra Club, reading, and taking college courses to advance her education. In 1991 Carolyn began sharing time between a house in Ashland, Oregon and the Camp Meeker home. She enjoyed going to the theaters of Oregon Shakespeare Festival which is based in Ashland. She became ill in 2004 and was diagnosed with vascular dementia. She then moved to Willits to be close to daughter, Ileya. Most recently she was a resident of Holy Child, a care home in Willits. She is survived by sons Clifford Stewart, of El Cerritto, CA, Craig Stewart (Betsy) of Santa Rosa, daughters Diane Templeton (Gary) of Cobb, CA, and Ileya Stewart (Mana) of Willits and four grandchildren, Brian, Darryl, Malcolm and Graeme, and three great grandchildren, Brice, Gage and Brayden. The family held a celebration of her life recently in Willits. Donations in her name can be made to the Sierra Club and Hospice. Arrangements made by Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen and Lance Chapel, 545-3747.
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Published in Willits News from July 10 to Aug. 9, 2013