LORI STEWART(1960 - 2012)

LORI STEWART Lori Jean Stewart, of Chico, CA, died Saturday, October 6, 2012 in her home, after a short fight against cancer. Born in Steubenville, OH, February 21, 1960 to Thomas and Jacqueline (Day) Stewart, Lori graduated from Wintersville High School in 1978 then went on to be the first in her family to obtain a bachelors degree, earning it in Interior Design from West Virginia University in 1982. She went on to work as a Set Designer at Fashion Optical Display in Paradise from 1991-1996. She also worked as a CAD designer at Russel, Galway and Associates in Chico, as a rice farmer in Colusa and most recently as a bartender at DownLo Billiards Sports Bar and Grill in Chico. In addition to playing basketball in high school and rugby in college, Lori was an avid sports fan, especially of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a big supporter of the Chico Rugby Club and the California Bald Eagles. Starting in 1999 she traveled extensively with the Bald Eagles, including trips to the Rugby World Cup in Great Britain in 1999, to Australia in 2003 and to France in 2007. She also toured with the Bald Eagles to international tournaments in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. In addition to traveling, Lori was an amazing cook, loved gardening, skiing, her newest hobby billiards, and showing visitors the town she was so proud of. Lori is survived by her mother, Jacqueline Day of Pompano Beach, FL; her sister and brother-in-law, Marcy and Robert Allen Jr. of River Forest, IL; her sister, Susan Stewart of Steubenville, OH; her nephews, Robert Allen III and Timothy Allen of River Forest, IL, her niece and nephew-in-law, Shaney and Scott Schlachter of San Jose, CA; her great-nephews and niece, Riley, Liam, and Aleah Schlachter of San Jose, CA, and an amazing family of friends in Chico, CA. "Lori Stewart Party" will be at DownLo Sports Bar & Grill at 319 Main Street, Chico, CA on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. If you'd like to submit favorite photos of Lori please send to jacomo04@hotmail.com. Any donations can be made to a in her name or use that money to make it to her party.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 13, 2012