Eva Geneva Pauline Ross Stewart was born on Jan. 31, 1921 in Puxico and died at her home Southwest of Dexter surrounded by her family on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at the age of 87 years.
She was the daughter of the late Charles Monroe Ross and Grace Louise Ella Kanady Ross. She was the third of twelve children.
On Oct. 22, 1938 she married Coleman Norris Stewart in Dexter. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2000.
Eva and Coleman had a farm Southwest of Dexter where they lived their entire married life, raised their family and where Eva continued to live until her death.
She was the oldest member of the New Bethel General Baptist Church. She joined the church on Aug. 18, 1940. She was very active in the church and a faithful member.
Eva was an excellent cook and continued to cook until two months before her death. She made wonderful biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplings and pies.
In 1958 she opened Eva's Café on Park Lane Street in Dexter. Over the years she worked at Pete's Café and The Airport Café. She also worked for Inland Oil Company. The last years before her retirement she was the head cook for the Senior Citizens Center in Dexter.
She loved to fish and do yard work. She was able to enjoy this until shortly before her death.
She loved her family, her neighbors, her church family and her friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband by her mother and father-in-law, Robert Arnold and Nancy Catherine Fields Stewart, by two daughters, Bonnie Louise Stewart and Nina Catherine Stewart Slinkard; by five brothers, Baby Ross, Charles Ross, Billie Joe Ross, Donald Ross and John Ross; by five sisters, Helen Bernand, Ruth Hausmann, Thelma Ray, Delma Pry and Nora Ross.
She is survived by one son and daughter in-law, Mikel Arnold and Sandra Roemer Stewart of Ste. Genevieve; by two daughters, Lydia Ann and husband Paul C. Denton of Hale, Mi., and Nancy Marie Stewart Shipman of Farmington; by one sister, LaVerne Holt of Benton; by ten grandchildren, Jeffrey Todd Denton, Paula Cleann Denton Hickey both of Michigan, Penny Denton of Clearwater, Florida, Vincent Slinkard of Dexter; Keith Slinkard of Peatone, Illinois, John Shipman of Farmington; Stewart Cole Shipman of Park Hills,, Matthew Cole Stewart of Nixa; Mindy Stewart Hampton of Oak Grove; and Derrick Ross Stewart of St. Louis; by twelve great-grandchildren, Christina Denton, Nathan Denton, Mylon Slinkard, Christian Slinkard, Brooke Slinkard, Kirsten Shipman, Mika Shipman, Lynzie Shipman, Olivia Stewart, Eva Kay Stewart, Lincoln Cole Stewart and Jonathan Hampton. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews and a host of cherished friends.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter. Interment will follow in The Old Bethel Cemetery with Rev. Dean Williams, Rev. Ray Placher and Rev. Joe Ogelvie officiating.
Donations may be made to The New Bethel Church Building fund or The Old Bethel Cemetery.