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09/17/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Louise Edwards Stewart

Louise Edwards Stewart
(d. 14 Sept 2014)

Newport News High School Class of 19__

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news today.    Louise Edwards Stewart, Class of 19__,  sister of Evelyn Edwards Smith (June '42), and mother of Carla Stewart Brackin and Sandy Stewart McCrickard, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

From the Daily Press - 09/17/14: 

                 Louise Edwards Stewart



NEWPORT NEWS - On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Louise Edwards Stewart left this life to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Edwards, and her husband, Carl W. Stewart.

She leaves behind a loving family: her sister, Evelyn E. Smith; daughters, Carla S. Brackin (Mike), Sandra S. McCrickard (Ken); grandchildren, David Shupe, Jr. (Debbie), Carl Shupe, Brad Brackin (Patty), Corey Brackin (Angela), Evelyn Louise Cronin (Jeff), Warren McCrickard (Rachel); great-grandchildren, Hailey Shupe Dollar, Zachary Shupe, Carl Shupe, Jr., Rosella and Sammy Brackin, Eric Brackin (Jaileen), Patrick Brackin, Ella Louise and Joe Cronin; great-great-grandchildren, Chloe and Arianna.

Louise was a life-long resident of Newport News, Va. She graduated from Newport News High School and after raising two daughters, she was employed by Equitable Life Insurance until retirement.


Louise Edwards Stewart



Her life was filled with two joys - her love of God, including her church, and her family. She gave freely to both and showed kindness to all she met, meeting needs where and when she could. She was a member at Northside Christian Church for 77 years; a beloved member of the Praymates class. She lived out her service in many areas - singing in the choir, teaching both adults and children, advocating for missionaries, studying with the Ladies Bible study, and being a member of KIT. 

Her love of God was evident in her life and the example she set had an enormous effect on so many people. To say she will be missed does not fully explain the loss her family and friends feel, but we look forward to worshipping in Heaven with her.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent to Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693.

Visitation will be Friday evening, September 19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Northside Christian Church. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on September 17, 2014.

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September 17, 2014
Taylor and I extend our sympathy to the family of Louise. We loved her deeply. She was a wonderful Christian lady in every aspect of her life. She was fun, devoted to God and such a supporter of our ministry. We will miss her also, but look forward to being with her in Heaven.

September 17, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I grew up with Carla and Sandy, and always thought Mrs. Stewart was the "sweetest" lady.

~ Ron Smith, Scottsville, Virginia

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September 17, 2014

Love and blessings to Evelyn, Carla, Sandra and all of the rest of her family and friends who loved her! It was my joy to know Louise...she was one special lady, and Heaven is sweeter because of her presence!!!

~ Carolyn Templeman, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

September 17, 2014
So sorry to hear of Louise's passing. We will not be here this weekend, but send our love and prayers to the family.

Bob and Judy Letchworth, Poquoson, Virginia

September 17, 2014

My love and prayers go out to Evelyn, Carla, Sandra and the rest of the family at this time of great loss. Louise was a wonderful lady, and she blessed so many. She will be missed, but always fondly remembered.

~ Dot and David Sanders, Yorktown, Virginia
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September 17, 2014

Carla and family, Wayne and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we are so sorry we are not there right now. I know your mom is celebrating with Jesus. We will continue to lift you up in our prayers, and will see you as soon as we return home. Love, Sharon and Wayne

~ Sharon Kosier, Yorktown, Virginia

September 17, 2014

Louise was a model servant and encourager to all. Oh, how she will be missed. The angels must be glad to have her in their midst.
~ Chuck and Carolyn Whitten, Yorktown, Virginia

September 17, 2014

We were all blessed to be touched by Louise's many kindnesses.
~ Nevin Oswald, Yorktown, Virginia

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Stewart's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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