Frances Elaine Stewart
1925 - 2017
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Elaine Stewart

Jan. 17, 1925 - Jan. 23, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Frances Elaine (Fleming) Stewart, affectionately known as “Elaine,” dearly beloved mother and matriarch of five generations, was called home to her Heavenly Father on Monday, January 23, 2017, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Elaine was born January 17, 1925, in Parkersburg, WV, the sole child of Richard A. and Vivian V. (Campbell) Fleming. Her mother passed away when she was only one. Elaine was raised in Union, WV, until the age of six, when her father married Lucille Streets. Elaine was lovingly raised in this union.

The family later moved to South Bend, where Elaine graduated from Central High School. In 1943, in Hampton, VA, she was united in marriage to William W. Stewart. To this beautiful union six children were born: three sons, Robert A. Stewart, William W. Stewart, Jr., both of South Bend, IN, and Michael B. (Cynthia) Stewart of Elkhart, IN; three daughters, Deborah E. (Taffie) Mallard, Jacqueline McLeod (Sidney) Hunt and Karen (Kent) Jenkins, all of South Bend.

Elaine was a faithful member of St. Augustine Catholic Church for more than sixty years. During her lifetime, she was employed at Ball Band and The Huddle, but she most loved working in the Title One Program in the South Bend Community School Corporation.

She leaves to cherish her memory: six children, 23 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, and 63 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Wilma Frazier; and brother-in-law, Benjamin V. (Mary) Stewart; one nephew; and a host of friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Stewart, her parents, Richard (Lucille) Fleming, one brother-in-law, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Center for Hospice Care and all friends and family who continually watched over her until her departure.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, January 29, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home - West Chapel, 2702 Lincolnway West, South Bend, IN, and from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Services will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the church. Graveside services will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 26, 2017.
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February 10, 2017
Cherish Dingle
January 30, 2017
We will always remember you, may your loved ones be strong during this time of transition.
Love an kisses to all and may the Lord continue to Bless all of your family and friends.From my family to yours Cory Dion Stewart. Peace....
January 29, 2017
My sincere condolences to the entire Stewart family " that I have known my entire life as we all grew up doors apart as children"Mrs Stewart was a Mother to all the children that her children knew and ran with" Her Gentle spirit will not be forgotten"I never heard a unkind word from her
Dale Minor
January 28, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Beverly Perry & Family
January 27, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about your mother. I do remember her well. If their is anything we can do, please let me know.
Nadine Holt (Lane)
January 27, 2017
Elaine is my cousin and I hold wonderful memories of my childhood. She and my aunt Loucille would prepare vegetables for canning and freezing and us kids would shuck corn, unstring green beans and picke from the garden and weed. They had a special way of making it fun for us.... It was always a good time. Elaine is one of the sweetest ladies I've ever known.. Her soul so gentle.
Sandy Streets
January 27, 2017
thanks for all you done best mom ever michael
January 26, 2017
My prayers are with all you.
Lavell Stewart II
January 26, 2017
May u RIP Mom Stewart you will be missed terribly but the comfort cones from knowing that you have joined the Father in heavenly heaven
Pat Bartley
January 26, 2017
Sending my condolences to Mrs. Stewart's family. I remember her from childhood, very nice woman. Sending prayers and love on behalf of my family and her grandson Davon Stewart.
Bonita Williams (James)
January 26, 2017
I'm so sorry about your loss my condolence to the Stewart family,Ms Stewart will truly be missed..
Mattelina Plump
January 26, 2017
My prayers to the entire family of Mom Stewart..She was a kind sweet woman that cared for anyone that came in contact with her ..she will be missed ..
Tifinie Mathews
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