Mary Louise Stewart
January 27, 1945 – December 26, 2019
(Mary) Louise Stewart, age 74, passed away peacefully December 26, 2019 in Chilliwack, BC. She was born January 27, 1945 in Vancouver, BC to Robert and Genevieve Smith.
Louise was an inspiration to all. She was a compassionate person who championed others, especially her children. She believed in kindness and lovingly noted strength in others. Louise donated to various charities and volunteered at the Chilliwack Hospice Society Thrift Boutique. Just like her Dad, she loved to garden, tending to vegetables and flowers at her home. She loved animals, in particular elephants and family dogs. Louise took great joy in travelling and visited places near and far for grand adventures with both her family and friends. She enjoyed baking and cooking and had a nice selection of spices to show for it! Louise always enjoyed attending her Friday morning TOPS club and appreciated the kindness they provided over the past few months. Most of all, Louise loved her family. We miss her presence dearly.
Louise is lovingly remembered by her husband, Glen, her children, Shelley (Sam), Catherine (Claire), James (Linda), her grandchildren, Tanner, Ainsley, Peyton, her sister Susan (George) and by Glen’s family, daughters Lori (Aaron), Kelly (Chris), Shelley (Rochelle) and grandchildren Reid, Taylor, Jordan, Sasha, Layla and Max. Louise is also fondly remembered by her many friends and her besties, Janet and Hope. She is predeceased by her other bestie, Barb.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Low and Dr. Madill, the Chilliwack Hospital Acute Care Team, Home Care Nursing Staff and the Team at Cascade Hospice for the care, kindness and compassion exhibited to Louise.
A celebration of Louise’s life will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Rd, Chilliwack, BC.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Chilliwack Hospice Society (for Cascade Hospice).
- Chilliwack Hospice Society
- Celebration of Life Friday, January 3, 2020
Mary Louise Stewart
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January 4, 2020
Dear Louise, Catherine, Shelley and Family,
My memory though brief, is of a time when you visited Toronto and I later came to know you better through your cherished relationship with Catherine. Your love for your children was woven through everything you did. I have never known anyone to love their mother as deeply as Catherine loves you, and as time passes, Catherine- you will feel the strength of that love ever present. You are all so fortunate to have such a wonderful mother. With a heavy heart I am sending you all love and light during this difficult time.
Linda (Kirchhofer) Griffin
January 1, 2020
Condolences to the Stewart and Dirk families.
From the Kirchhofer kids
January 1, 2020
I only met Louise once, when she and Glen warmly welcomed me into their home for a night. She was cheerful and welcomed me as a stranger in their home. On behalf of my family, and myself, I extend my sincere condolences on your loss to you, Glen, and to her family and friends. May the many happy memories you have sustain you in this time of grief. From Joyce Dirk and family.
December 31, 2019
Sweet Ouisey! Our Louise. From the day I was born, you were My Louise. Whenever you are mentioned or thought of all one can do is smile.
I have two favourite memories of you. When I was about seven yrs old I was at your place. I had been out in the park and came back with a jar with a lady bug habitat built with one lady bug. I set the jar on your back step and went back out to play. Later on, I came back to get my jar and you had emptied it and set the lady bug free. My heart was crushed but that was you! Loving and caring of ALL creatures great or small. You taught me a great lesson that day.
My second favourite memory of you...You were staying with Mom and I and worked the late shift at JPL. Once home you went into your favourite relaxation mode...music, headphones and a night cap! I was in bed asleep until I wasn’t. I came down stairs and their you were, sitting on the living room floor singing with ABBA and having a wonderful time. Once you saw me, you just smiled your beautiful smile and in a head phoned high volumed voice said “Hi Ya Laur!” Oh how you loved your music! Your pjs and housecoat! I will never forget.
Louise, you were my “Mother from Another”. You were always in our life, family, our world. You loved everyone in your life unconditionally and openly.
You were my moms best friend, her sister, her confidante, her joy, her constant love. Thank you for that. You were the true rock in her life...and no time or distance can ever break that.
Anyone who knows you, knows how everyone should go thru life...leading with acceptance, welcoming, fairness, laughter and love.
You are are a light that can never be extinguished. We are all better people for knowing you and all more blessed for you loving us.
We will miss you dearly, but will hold you deep deep deep in our hearts...and live our lives by your example.
Love you Ouisey forever and always.
P.S. Thank you for always asking if I was okay...it meant the world to me.
December 31, 2019
Louise—the dearest and the best
I moved to Jasper in May 1967 and knew no one. The second day I was there, there was a knock on the door. When I opened it, there was Louise, smiling. She introduced herself and that was the day our friendship began. She was the person everyone would be honoured to have as a friend. She was beautiful inside and out, kind, caring, giving and had the best sense of humour. No matter where we were living, one phone call and we would just carry on from where we left off. It was a true blessing to have her in my life for all these years. She will live in my heart forever.
December 29, 2019
My heart hurts but I know you are at peace Mumsie🙌💓 You were so very special to me. You made me feel loved and special..always! I am glad I had the opportunity to say 'Until We Meet Again' . Frolic in Heaven and keep up with your shenanigans! Say Hi to those that I have loved and who have passed...You have a great group of Angels who will make You feel welcome Have you ever seen a dragon fly?!🙌🥰 I will know when you are here🤗Kiss kiss! Moon and back. I have got this..I may have to abduct her but Cath will be with me always and forever!
December 29, 2019
Louise-where do I start?... I met Louise close to 30 years ago in Vancouver through Catherine.
Right from the first moment I knew she was special. Her warm and welcoming ways made me feel instantly at ease. Now 30 years of friendship brings a lot of wonderful moments and memories with Louise and her family- too many to list, but there are 2 that stand out:
One time at her and Cath’s apartment in New West, Glenn visiting and was needing a t-shirt to wear as he was going to the West End to visit a relative. Cath and I were out at the time, so Louise gave him one to wear. We came back to find Glenn wearing a t-shirt with a pink triangle on it. It was hilarious!! Cath and I were laughing hysterically!! Once we told Louise what it meant- she was caught between fits of laughter and tears of feeling bad for Glenn!
The Second is the time her and Glenn were living in an apartment downtown Vancouver and Cath and I went to visit. Now Louise, smart and savvy as she was- you could always get her with a joke.
So when we went to buzz so they could let us in- I decided to get her with my best(or worst) Asian accent and tell her I was delivering her Chinese food order. It was priceless!! Honestly went on for 10 minutes until Cath and I were doubled over in laughter!!! She was kind enough to still let us in!! And even better- we got her again with the same thing 2 or 3 days later!!!
Through the years and people moving about- even though the visits were not as often, Louise always made sure to find out what I was doing and how I was. She truly made an impact on me and will always have a place in my heart.
Shelley, Catherine and Jamie- I am heartbroken for you and your loss. Your mum was a beautiful,amazing, loving person- Thankyou so much for sharing her with me- I am forever grateful. Louise I love you.