Janet Marie Stewart

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Janet Marie Stewart was born on June 16, 1944 in Marshalltown, Iowa. During her childhood, she lived on a farm south of Beaman, Iowa with her parents Hazel and Maurice Stewart, and brother, Richard.

From 1949-62 Janet attended elementary school in Beaman, Iowa and graduated from the Beaman-Conrad High School in Conrad, Iowa. During these years Janet participated in softball, basketball, and class plays. She played the alto saxophone in band. She was a member and officer in her 4-H club. Janet also was active in the Beaman Methodist Church attending Sunday School and participating as an officer in the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Janet attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1966 with a degree in Interior Design. During her college career, she was elected President of Roberts Hall, selected for Beacons and Tomahawk honorary societies and active in residence hall projects.

Following graduation, Janet was employed at L. S. Ayres Company in Indianapolis, Indiana in their Interior Design Department from 1966-69. In 1970, Janet moved to Dallas, Texas where she was employed at Carl Wright, LTD a boutique and gift shop. From 1974-1990, Janet was employed at Baker Knapp and Tubbs, a furniture showroom. During this time she traveled extensively in Europe, particularly in England and Ireland.

Janet was a member and officer in the Agape Sunday School Class and active in the Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas. Janet's faith was a constant source of strength for her.

It is with admiration that we nominate Jan to be honored in the Plaza of Heroines. As two of her many college friends, we knew Jan as a person who welcomed the sunshine. Having been diagnosed with diabetes at age five Jan, continued to have health problems all her life. In 1988 she was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Faced with physical limitations, Jan continued to share crafts with the elderly letters of inspiration with friends, and her faith with all who knew her. Her love of flowers, colors, and all of nature was evident in the way she faced life. Janet passed away on October 28, 1994.

We feel that Janet Marie Stewart was a true heroine -- encouraging others to find goodness, hope, and friendship, wherever she went. Her awareness of God's grace, support of others, and dedication to family and friends were an inspiration for others to follow. We believe that our world is a better place because Janet Marie Stewart passed our way!

With loving friendship, Suzanne Zobrist Kelly and Norma Jean Hirsch, M.D.

Submitted on 12/94