Jean Stewart Doster

January 6, 1922January 9, 2019

WEST COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Jean Stewart Doster, 97, of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, West Columbia, SC, will be held in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes on January 12, 2019 at 2:00pm. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Guignard Mansion at Still Hopes. Mrs. Doster died January 9, 2019 at home. Dunbar Funeral Home is assisting the family. Jean was born January 6, 1922 in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. The daughter of the late Roscoe Winfield Stewart and Clare Louise Bell Stewart, she grew up in Springfield, Missouri. She attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri and graduated with a BA in History from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Lancaster, SC for fifty-four years and was active in all its programs. Since moving to Still Hopes in 2002, she continued her wide interests in its delightful community spirit. Jean is preceded in her death by her husband of fifty-six years, Judge Robert McManus Doster, her brother Robert Bell Stewart, MD, sister, Anne Stewart Youmans, PhD, and and her grandson Tom Doster. She is survived by their son, Robert Doster of Van Wick, SC and daughters Anne Doster, PhD of Raleigh, NC, Jean Norris of Columbia, Lou Jurkowski, FAIA of Raleigh, NC, Beth Sellers of Oro Valley, AZ and Chris Lotti, NP of Sewanee, TN. She is survived by eight grandchildren; Bob V. Doster of Raleigh, NC, Christian Britt of Raleigh, NC, Clare Britt of Chicago, IL, Leigh Davis of Columbia, SC, Lane Norris of Columbia, SC, Anne Johnson of Carrboro, NC, Claire Sellers, MD of Raleigh, NC, and Steve Sellers of San Mateo, CA and six great-grandchildren; June and Clark Johnson of Carrboro, NC, Annabelle and Josephine Britt of Raleigh, NC and Miller and Katherine Davis of Columbia, SC. Jean was a woman who lived by her actions, words and deeds. A life given to God, she was deeply loved by and celebrated joy with everyone with whom she came in contact. Jean will be greatly missed by all of her many friends and family. Graveside burial for family and friends will be at Westside Cemetery in Lancaster, SC on January 13, 2019 at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Discretionary Fund of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes, 1 Exum Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169, or to the charity of your choice. Memories may be shared at


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Penny Thompson has

January 12, 2019

Jean was such a lovely person and a dear friend! I remember playing tennis on their court and what fun times we had! Jean would stop between sets and go knead her wonderful homemade bread, which she always shared!
She had such a cute sense of humor and was so much fun to be around!
A life well lived!

Mary Henderson Lumpkin Eagan

January 11, 2019

I'll never forget Jean's beautiful, overflowing goodness. In the spring of 2009, I was visiting my mother, Rosa Lumpkin, at Still Hopes. Mother took me to Jean's for one of those happy evenings when the "gang" met for drinks before dinner.
Somehow, Mother and I ended up staying after everyone else had left. I found myself telling Jean about the college art history class I was teaching -- my first venture back into academe after many years. It was a difficult class, with many of the students unprepared for college, and I was struggling. I dreamed of taking the class to the art museum here in Milwaukee, and afterwards to lunch at the museum restaurant -- perhaps it would awaken them to art and put brightness into their lives. However, most of the students were on scholarship, and I couldn't ask them to pay much for it. Jean listened, questioning me keenly, and her warmth and interest were like an embrace.
I had to fly back to Milwaukee the next day. As I was hugging Mother goodbye, and feeling very sorrowful over leaving her, Jean's door opened. She kissed me as she handed me an envelope. "For your class," she said. Inside the envelope was a cheque for $75! She'd included it with a loving note in which she told me how much she believed in what I was doing with the class, and I was to use the money to make sure we celebrated our museum field trip with the special lunch afterwards.
That is just what I did. I was able to take us all to lunch, where we had a chance to visit and talk over the wonderful artworks we'd seen. Something amazing happened that day -- the class came alive -- and it was thanks to dear, beautiful Jean.


January 10, 2019

Jean and her family were a blessing to me and my family while I was at Christ Church, Lancaster. She introduced me to the world of modern art. I have treasured a fabric art piece she made for me
over the years

Xavier Kee

January 10, 2019

Bob, I send my condolences to you and your family!!! Sending prays your way!
Councilman Xavier Kee

Kathryn Hayes

January 10, 2019

Jean was such a sweet lady! When we were introduced by a mutual friend and she discovered I like gardening, she freely shared her plants and knowledge with me. I know she will be missed but she leaves you all with so many beautiful memories. Thinking of your family.

Freida Cauthen

January 10, 2019

Bob and Family, So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace!