Obituary: Mary E. Stewart, OCT. 22, 1922 – MAY 28, 2020

Mary Stewart
Posted: May. 30, 2020 7:32 pm

Mary E. Stewart, age 97, of Hannibal, passed away at 4:05 pm Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.  

Funeral services will be at 10 am Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel. Pastor Joshua Tanner will officiate. Burial will be at the Antioch Cemetery.

Visitation celebrating Mary's life will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday June 2, 2020, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Mary was born on Oct. 22, 1922, in Bluffton, Ark., the daughter of Cecil and Ethel (Lazenby) Holiman.

She was united in marriage to Herbert Lee Stewart on July 24, 1945, in Pine Bluff, Ark. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2013.

Survivors included a son, Mike Stewart and wife, Kathy, of Hannibal; grandchildren, Charles Stewart and wife, Laura, of Hannibal, Joshua Stewart and wife, Melissa, of Mexico, Mo., and Clara Black and husband, Travis, of Kearney, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Macy, Alice, Ava, Lainey, Oliver, Della and one great-granddaughter due in August.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her siblings, Clete Holiman, Hogan Holiman, Homer Holiman, Ralph Holiman, John Marshall Holiman, Irene Ferguson, Irmine Holiman and Irma Lee.

Mary graduated from Fourche Valley High School in 1940 and went on to further her education at a local business school, where she received a degree in business.

Mary worked as a homemaker and farmer's wife all her life and wouldn't have traded it for anything.
Mary enjoyed working around her home and the farm with her husband. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her family, crocheting, canning the vegetables from her garden and attending to her beautiful flower beds.  Mary was also an excellent cook and baker. She had baked hundreds of loaves of bread over her years and was known by her grandchildren for her apple crisp and lemon lush. Mary's biggest love was her family and the time they spent together.

Mrs. Stewart was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hannibal.

Pallbearers will be David Stewart, Jeff Muehring, David Head, Bruce Holiman and David Holiman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beth Haven Nursing Home or Community Loving Care Hospice, in care of the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Mary's memorial page at


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