Centenarian recalls past 100 years

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Elsie Stewart, a long-time Leachville, native celebrated her Centennial birthday Oct. 21, 2003.

Stewart was born in 1903 in Denton, near Imboden. She is the daughter of the late W.J. and Cora Field.

Soon after she and Leland Stewart married in 1924, they made their home in Leachville. He was a farmer and worked for Joe Wheeler. Mr. Stewart passed away in 1962. Mrs. Stewart worked for many years at D&M Variety Store in Leachville.

Mrs. Stewart has come through the wagon days into the age of air travel. She has always been a hard worker and enjoyed her home and taking care of her yard.

She took care of her home and yard until she was 98 years old. She fell and broke her hip in 2001. She now resides at Monette Manor.

She has three children, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She is the mother of Ray Stewart, Mary Lovelady and Billy Gene Stewart. Ray lives in Hot Springs. Mary and her husband, Wilburn, live in Leachville and Billy Gene and his wife, Barbara Kay, live in Pine Bluff. Her grandchildren are Karen Simpkins, Ronnie Lovelady, Leslie Netherland, Stan Stewart, Grant Stewart and Ray Jr. Stewart.

"She has always looked forward to her birthdays when the family would get together," Lovelady said.

She received many cards, flowers, and well wishes from her family, friends, staff and co-residents at Monette Manor on Tuesday. On hand for her birthday to help her greet her guests were her niece, Doris Speers, of Marion, Ind., her daughter and granddaughter, Leslie. She had a second day of celebration and well wishes on Sunday when her children and grandchildren visited her to wish her a happy 100th.

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