Georgia Stewart (1929 - 2015)

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Georgia Marie Stewart
April 6, 1929 - March 5, 2015
Georgia Marie Stewart passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 5, 2015. Georgia requested that there be no service at this time. Her ashes will be released, along with her late husband Buck's, at a private service this summer at one of their favorite spots in Idaho.
Born April 6, 1929 in Lakin, Kansas, to Vera and Charles Litz, Georgia was tied for 7th out of 11 children, as she was a twin. She was preceded in death by older brothers Roland, Robert, Carl and Franklin, along with older sister Wilda, younger sister Nina and twin sister Francis. Older brother Charlie (Norman) and younger sisters Vera and Nell remained close to her throughout her life.
The Litz family spent many years in Montrose, Colorado, a place Georgia held very dear to her heart. It was there that she grew up and, tragically, lost two young sisters. She had occasion to revisit her childhood home and would share stories about that area with her family.
After the family relocated to the Treasure Valley, she met, through her brother Norm, Roger "Buck" Stewart. The couple fell in love and married on April 30th, 1956, and were together 52 years until Buck's death in 2008.
The couple lived in Yellowpine at the start of their time together where Buck worked at the Cinnabar Mine. After a couple of years at the mine, they moved down to the valley eventually settling permanently in Caldwell. During those early years they welcomed children Mark, Jeff, Valerie and Kimberly. Buck was a carpenter and home builder by trade and Georgia was a natural at home interior design; together they planned and built a beautiful home in 1972 in Caldwell- the same house Georgia lived in until the day she passed.
Georgia was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Whether it was hiding eggs at Easter in the backyard or playing games in the school yard with Tiffany, she cherished every moment spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Many a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, and others, remember the amazing animal cakes that Georgia created for their birthdays. From Giraffes to Rocking Horses, Ducks to Fish, she took great care in their creation. She wanted them to be perfect shapes, with perfect coloring of the coconut and icing, and above all else, she baked love into every bite. All who received one still remembers them to this day. Thanks for those sweet memories Mom, Grandma, Aunt Georgia…. Oh, and she made the best pies too! Her children remember coming home from school with the warm smell of cinnamon and sugar crust baking in the oven, as she always made extra crust when baking those pies! Georgia was a modest woman who said she couldn't cook. Those that knew her would beg to differ!
Georgia and Buck were active square and round dancers for many years. An accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed creating colorful matching outfits that they wore to dancing events locally and around the state. She made matching outfits for her daughters and grandchildren to enjoy as well, and we have pictures to prove it!
Georgia was a giving person. She was a regular volunteer for many years at what was Caldwell Memorial Hospital. During the years that Georgia served as the Girl Scout Regional Cookie Chairperson, you knew it was Girl Scout cookie time in Caldwell when the semi-truck full of Girl Scout cookies backed into the Stewart's drive-way! Georgia donated many gallons of blood at countless blood drives giving the gift of life to many others. Many remember her as one of the "popcorn ladies" as she volunteered at the school with other mothers on Fridays. She volunteered at other school events too numerous to mention. Georgia chose to continue this legacy of giving by donating her body to science so that some good might come from her years of struggle after a stroke robbed her of her independence in 2004.
Georgia amazed people with her encyclopedic recall of the names, ages and birthdays of her entire extended family, and of her friends and their families, for multiple generations encompassing hundreds of people. Even in the last weeks of her life, she would say "this great-grand nephew's birthday is next week". It was uncanny how she could remember such detail!
Georgia was known for her meticulously kept home. It was important to her to have a clean and safe environment for her children, and later, grandchildren, to come home to. In response to a salesman's comment that you wouldn't want to eat off a floor, Buck's cousin Geno stated "well, I would eat off Georgia's floor!" And he meant it!
A longtime resident of Caldwell and Idaho, she was proud and happy to live there. She stayed interested in her community, and the world, even while confined to bed. She could speak of current events with visitors or callers, as she read the entire newspaper daily and never missed the news on TV.
An intelligent woman and voracious reader, Georgia quite possibly consumed several libraries worth of fiction and non-fiction novels and magazines. Georgia also loved working on picture puzzles; her talent was demonstrated in the beautiful and amazingly complex puzzles she enjoyed completing, several of which became decorative art in her home.
Georgia's collection of giraffes and dolls was something she took particular pleasure in. She had giraffes from all over the country, of many different materials and sizes. Other interesting collections are remembered fondly by her grandchildren: the "Dick Tracy" bedroom and the "Simpson's" bedroom. She had a sense of style all her own. She did things her way and it worked!
Pictures of Georgia's family and friends covered many walls and lined shelves throughout her home. She had volumes of photo albums encompassing her entire lifetime. Some pictures had names written on them, some didn't, but Georgia knew who everyone was, whether from last week or half a century before.
Georgia loved visiting relatives and friends near and far; whether across town, over to Boise, or "down to Texas". When folks were in town, they always knew they were welcome in her home for the day, or for the week.
At the end, Georgia was blessed to have long time friends Velma and Shirley, Buck's sister Barbara and others visit. Her brother Norm from Texas and her sister Nell (with husband Frank) from Washington traveled to see her which pleased her immensely. Her sister Vera (with husband Al), kept a vigil at her bedside many a day. For that her children want to say special thanks.
The family would like to thank the kind care givers at Heart 'n Home Hospice and at MultiCare. They made it possible for Georgia to have family and friends visit in the comfort of her own home.
Georgia is survived by her four children Kim Haskins, Valerie Stewart-Rice, Jeff Stewart (wife Becky), Mark Stewart (wife Debi), sisters Vera and Nell, brother Norm, her seven grandchildren (Josh, Zach, Tiffany, Jacob, Ryan, Stefanie, and Desmond), great-grandchild Kaleb and numerous loving nieces, nephews and their families.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 22, 2015