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Ann K. Stewart

June 30, 2012 by

Ann K. Stewart,73, loving wife, mother and friend, passed peacefully at home, with her family at her side on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.
She was born in Silverton on Jan. 6, 1939 to Harold and Barbara Overlund.
After graduating from Tillamook High School in 1957, Ann married Thomas (Tom) Stewart.  They ventured into a grocery/catering business together which they operated for more than 54 years.  She took an active roll in the grocery store preferring to display produce, wrap meat or cater a party. She insisted never to be the cashier, preferring to work behind the scenes.
Ann was very active in encouraging her children and their friends in sports, such as cross county, motor-cross, horse-back riding, snow skiing, and swim team – insisting all her children learn to swim at an early age. The joy of her life was cheering on her grandchildren with academics, music, karate, football, soccer, cheerleading, dancing, followed by the great-grandchildren with their gymnastics, trumpet lessons and of course swimming. She adored them all and they adored their “Mimi”.
Ann attended St. Patrick Catholic Church of Lakeview and St. Thomas Catholic Church of Redmond.  She actively supported the Soroptomist International of Lakeview, Lakeview Elks Club, Shriners Hospital and Ronald McDonald House charities.
Ann was a driving force in all she involved herself in, whether family, business, faith or charity. She had a quick mind and understood that making a plan, organizing and working hard, (delegating as necessary), would accomplish much. Always busy, she blessed many through that process and made a difference in countless lives as a result. The “Energizer Bunny” may well have been modeled after Ann!
In her rare leisure moments, Ann enjoyed travel, book club, bridge, parties of all sorts and most of all family activities.  She looked for opportunities to bring people together.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather Richard Wiseman.
She leaves behind to honor her life, her loving husband of 54 years, Tom Stewart; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Gerrilynn Stewart of Flagstaff, Ariz.; daughters Kathy Phanco of Prineville, Susan Stewart of Redmond; Carolyn Stewart of Spanaway, Wash. and Teresa (Terri) Stewart of Redmond. There are many more of all ages that called her mom; stepmother Dorothy Overlund of Redmond; brother and sister-in-law Wally and Joye Overlund of Clatskanie; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Dan Jones of Milwaukee; sister Dotti Cowart of Portland; half brother and wife Norman and Kathy Overland of Eugene; half brother Darrell Overlund of Redmond; beloved grandchildren Michael Phanco, Timothy Phanco, Carli and Andy Rohner, Thomas Yep, Jordan and John Chandler; grandsons serving in the United States Army, Robert Yep (Ariel) at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Andrew Stewart at Fort Drum, N.Y.; great-grandchildren Malina, Maelynn, Natalie, Jacob, Ethan, Ainsley and Jett, born June 3, 2012.
A celebration of life was held at Redmond’s St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Todd officiating, and Father Cribbin in attendance.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Ronald McDonald Charities of Bend or a charity of your choice.

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