Mary Frances Stewart, 76, of Keithsburg, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at home.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Keithsburg First Christian Church. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church. Burial will be at Greenmound Cemetery, Keithsburg. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be left for the Keithsburg Volunteer Ambulance Service. Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo is handling arrangements.
Mary was born in Davenport, on Feb. 22, 1936, the oldest daughter of Cecil Leroy "Jack" and Frances Marion Hogan Balzer, of Viola. Mary grew up in Viola and attended Winola School. She married her husband, John W. Stewart, in the First Presbyterian Church of Viola on May 29, 1954.
Mary traveled with her husband for 10 years, from 1954 to 1964 while they were in The United States Air Force. After leaving the service in 1964, they moved to Keithsburg, where Mary worked as a secretary at Cannon Bronze, then as a certified nurse's aid at the Mercer County Nursing Home. Mary was also a certified EMT and was a member of the Keithsburg Fire Department for 30 years.
Mary is survived by her husband of 58 years, John W. Stewart Sr.; four children, Vanessa Stewart, Valerie (Warren) Sanford, Veronica (John) Penrod and John W. "Jake" (Christie) Stewart; along with nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Elizabeth Elliott; brother, Edward Leroy Balzer; and nephew, Nelson "Butch" Elliott.
Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com.