Anne Kimberly Stewart(1930 - 2017)

Anne Kimberly Stewart, 87, died on October 22, 2017 in her home in Atlanta, Georgia after a long illness. A native of Savannah, she was born on January 3, 1930 and resided in the city her entire life except for a year when her husband, Charles, completed college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and a two-year tour of duty with the navy at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii during the Korean War. It was in Hawaii that her twin daughters, Deborah and Donna, were born in November 1952. Their son Lee was born three years later in Savannah. She was involved in a number of volunteer activities throughout the years she raised her children.

Having graduated from Armstrong Junior College in 1949 before her marriage, she returned to Armstrong Atlantic State University when it became a four-year college graduating summa cum laude in the first class in 1968.

Always a community activist, she served on a number of boards and in 1970 was elected to the Chatham-Savannah Board of Education. She served throughout the initial stormy years of desegregation but was always proud that her administration "did the right thing" trying to facilitate an equal and just educational system for all children.

She served on the Advisory Council of the Comprehensive Health Program, volunteered as a crisis counselor and later became a counselor at the Comprehensive Mental Health Center. She spearheaded the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) as the first executive director.

From these, Anne's commitment to social service led to chair the United Way Task Force that organized and founded Hospice Savannah in 1979. She was the first president of the Board and volunteered in every capacity, becoming the first executive director in 1981. She pioneered the program in Savannah, the first in the state, and worked to expand the program for other communities as a founding director and a past president of the Georgia Hospice Organization. Mrs. Stewart saw work with Hospice as a ministry and devoted herself to it for fifteen years before retiring in 1993 after opening Hospice House on Eisenhower Drive in 1992.

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by husband of 68 years, Charles Leroy Stewart, Jr. by only three weeks, her only son, Charles Lee Stewart III, who was killed in a tragic accident in 2005, her parents Annie and Clifford Kimberly, her sister Lois Campbell and her husband Joe of Savannah, and a brother James Carlton Kimberly of Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her daughters Donna Thomas and her husband Ben of Atlanta, Deborah Beverly and her husband Robert of Conyers, Lee's widow Carolyn Stewart, one grandson Charles Stewart, granddaughters Linda Stewart, Kimberly Goodwin and Anna Thomas and three great-grandchildren, Braeden and Finn Goodwin and Samantha Lee Hogan. Also surviving are sister-in-law Barbara Kimberly of Portland, Oregon, nephews William, Marshall and Ronnie Campbell and a niece Elizabeth Kimberly.

A private graveside service will be held at Bonaventure Cemetery where she will be buried with her husband Charles Stewart.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Charles Lee Stewart III Memorial Scholarship Fund at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

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Published in Savannah Morning News on Oct. 29, 2017