Mrs. Stewart turns 100
Laverta Carmack Stewart celebrated her 100th birthday on April 14 with dinner at the Brick Oven in Paragould surrounded by family and friends.
Mrs. Stewart was married to the late Landon Stewart for over 50 years. They have two children, Norma and Ben, and four grandchildren.
She grew up in the Bard Community, north of Big Slough ditch, just west of the St. Frances River in Arkansas. She and her husband Landon raised their family in the Cardwell, Mo., community. In her 40s, Mrs. Stewart made the decision to go to college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and earned her teacher’s degree. She taught special education classes until her retirement. Schools in Missouri where she taught include Arbyrd, Senath, Campbell and Cabool. She also worked in Poplar Bluff near the close of her career.
Mrs. Stewart now resides at Sunshine Manor in Paragould and enjoys fellowship and playing bingo with friends she has made there. She is a frequent visitor to the Roundup Music Show in Brookland and is a fan of the family-oriented county music programs there.
Visitors continue to be amazed at her alertness and the keen memories she shares about her past and the people in her life. “I can’t wait to be 101, as having these great birthday parties has been a lot of fun,” Mrs. Stewart said.