Audrey Lee Welch Stewart

July 13, 1931March 22, 2019

Audrey Welch Stewart, age 87, of Hickory, NC, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Carolina Caring in Newton, NC. Born July 13, 1931, in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Lester E. Welch and Ann Huffman Welch.

Audrey was of the Baptist faith and had retired as an inspector from Sherrill Furniture Co.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Whitener Stewart; infant son, Carl Lester Stewart; sisters, Pearl W. Smith, May W. Franklin, Marie W. Mitchem, and Mary Ann W. Wishon; and brothers, Summey Welch and Johnny Welch.

Survivors include her sons, A. Randy Stewart and fiancé, LuAnn Day, of Catawba, NC, and Jerry Stewart and fiancé, Cindy Darity, of Catawba, NC; grandchildren, Melissa S. Myers and husband, Alex, and Alicia Stewart and Matthew Stewart; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Newton, NC, with Rev. Ray York officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Stewart family at

The Stewart family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Carolina Caring for their loving care of Audrey over the last few days.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC, 28658.

The Stewart family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 23, 2019

Audrey Lee Welch Stewart

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Judy Lail

March 23, 2019

I am sad to hear that Aunt Audrey passed away yesterday. She was a kind and loving person. To Randy and Jerry - I am thinking about you today, and saying prayers for you in the loss of your mother. It hurts to lose your mother, and it doesn't matter how old you are when it happens. I am sorry for you from the bottom of my heart. Sending love to my cousins.


March 22, 2019

"AUNT TOOTSIE". What a God send. She was the kindest, most uplifting person, I ever knew. She was a mother to all who knew her. She and Carl had a wonderful life here on earth and raised two fine men in Randy and Jerry. She went home to be with Jesus this morning, to see Carl and the rest of her brothers and sisters. You will truly be missed and always loved. Hugs to you, Randy and Jerry. Love, Ginger