Barbara L. Stewart

January 04, 1935 ‒ November 19, 2009

Canfield, Ohio

Barbara L. Stewart, age 74, of Canfield, Ohio, died Thursday evening, November 19, 2009, at the Ohio State University Medical Center following complications with cancer.

On January 4, 1935, Barbara was born in Bellevue, Ohio, the daughter of the late Herbert and Lois (McMonigal) Steinbaugh. She graduated from the David Anderson High School in Lisbon, Ohio.

A dedicated mother and grandmother, Barbara always put the needs of her family first. She loved to be surrounded by her family, especially during the holidays, and for her “her grandchildren were her life.”

Understanding the special needs of her son, Gregory, Barbara has been an advocate for education and care for children with disabilities for many years. She had been by her son’s side for all of his activities, such as boy scouts and the Special Olympics.

In the early years of her marriage, while living out west, she found she had a deep appreciation for the flowers of spring and summer, and loved the changing of the color of the leaves in fall. She brought this love back to her home, where she tended to her two gardens full of flowers, herbs and vegetables.

She will be missed by her four children: Jeffrey (Amy) Stewart of Boardman, Gregory Stewart of Canfield, Yvonne (Robert) Kinsella of Mount Gilead, and Jonathan (Lori) Stewart of Pickerington; nine grandchildren: Rebecca and Caitlyn Stewart, Ethan, Zachary, Alexander and Seth Butterfield, Riley and Regan Stewart, and Lacie Kinsella; and a sister, Muriel Ward of Salem.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Stewart, on June 12, 2009; and by her sister, Dorothy Foster.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., at the Gilead Friends Church, 3613 Twp. Rd. 115, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338.

Her family will also greet friends on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Fellows Riverside Gardens, Davis Center, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gregory Stewart Fund (for his continued special needs care), and they may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes, 76 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, OH 43338.

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