Velma Stewart


February 19, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Velma L. Stewart, 97, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Heritage Nursing Home in Girard.
She was born Oct. 31, 1913, in Concreta, to Mose Chester and Sylvia Alice (Leslie) Gillaspie. She grew up in and attended rural schools in Bronson.
 On March 18, 1933, she married Leo Forest Stewart in Iola. They lived in rural Bronson where they farmed and operated a dairy. They had three children, Marjorie Thomas, Richard Stewart and Jack Stewart. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987 and all three of their children.
 She is survived by two grandchildren, Rhonda Thomas Winters, Tulsa, Okla., and Wayne Stewart, Weir; and six great-grandchildren. 
Two granddaughters, Patricia Thomas Fields and Cheryl Thomas Ruckert, also died earlier.
The couple were members of United Methodist Church, the Grange, numerous coin clubs and the Banty Show Chicken Club. After her husband’s death, she moved to Girard.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bronson Cemetery. 
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday at Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.
Memorials to the American Cancer Society may be sent to the funeral home, 518 W. St. John, Box 258, Girard, KS 66743. Condolences may be sent to

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