Jennie Stewart-Boldin

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CONCORD - Jennie Stewart-Boldin, 51, passed away in her home, surrounded by family and friends on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

Jennie was born on June 2, 1961, at the height of the Miami Valley strawberry season, in the western hills of southern Ohio. She was the beloved daughter of Robert and Beverly Stewart.

Jennie grew up in a home with her parents and older brother, Jeff Stewart, in Springfield, Ohio. She was an active and involved member of the 1979 graduating class at Springfield South High School. Jennie was accepted to, and matriculated from, Miami University of Ohio with a degree in sociology. During her tenure there, she began a career in human services that lasted more than 30 years and was characterized by her persistent and altruistic contributions to her community. Whether counseling troubled youth at McKinley Hall in Springfield, Ohio, or directing Ohio's statewide Violence Prevention Project under the administration of Gov. George Voinovich, or working to solidify a coordinated community response to reduce substance abuse as the community outreach director of the Concord Substance Abuse Coalition in New Hampshire, Jennie was a much sought after professional who always enjoyed the greatest respect from her colleagues and peers.

No matter where she was, her constant willingness to make the world a better place were felt in her words and observed in everything she did. Her contributions to the field of human services and community organizations have been central to the professional and personal development of countless individuals and communities across the country.

Jennie's greatest passions and achievements were realized in her personal life. Jennie poured untold energy, love and understanding into raising her two beautiful children; she gave them the skills to succeed and taught them about the steps to take to make a difference in the world. Jennie was the type of mother other mothers called for counsel; when Jennie called someone her "friend," she meant it. She had a gift of seeing and encouraging the best in everyone she met.

Her spirit will be remembered and cherished by her surviving children, Zach Stewart and Maddie Stewart-Boldin of Concord; her parents, Robert and Beverly Stewart of Springfield, Ohio; her brother and sister in-law, Jeff and Dina Stewart, also of Ohio; her loving husband, Marty Boldin; and countless friends.

Jennie's lifework was to build community. Her masterpiece was the legacy she left in her two amazing children, Zach and Maddie. Jennie's family asks that those who knew her write letters to Zach and Maddie about their beloved mother. Inspirational thoughts and stories for the children will also be welcomed from those who did not know Jennie directly, but wish to be of support..

services: A celebration of life for Jennie will be held at South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord, on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, it was Jennie's wish that donations be made to Maddie's dance school, the Petit Papillion Dance Company at P.O. Box 1585, Concord 03302. These donations will pay for dance scholarships for local children.

Published in Union Leader on Nov. 8, 2012