Christine Sigmon Stewart

September 20, 1919June 25, 2019

Claremont – Margaret Christine Sigmon Stewart, 99, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Catawba Valley Assisted Living at Rock Barn. She is survived by: two sons and their spouses, James A. Stewart (Marlene) of Claremont and Robert N. Stewart (Marta) of Hanahan, South Carolina; twin granddaughters and their spouses, Jenifer Stewart Smith (Todd) of Cornelius and Melanie Stewart Cranford (Scott) of Conover; a grandson, Luca Alexander Stewart of Hanahan, South Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Ian James Smith and Ava Flynn Smith of Cornelius; and two siblings, Hazel Setzer and Johnny Sigmon, both of Claremont. She was preceded in death by: her husband, James C. Stewart, whom she married on March 23, 1940 in York, South Carolina; three brothers; and two sisters.

Christine’s ancestors were among the first settlers in the Catawba Valley. Seven were patriots of the American Revolution. In 1942, Christine and her husband moved to Baltimore, Maryland to aid in the war effort. For three years, she worked in a defense factory manufacturing bombers. She was a real-life “Rosie the Riveter”.

Upon their return from Baltimore, Christine and her husband resided in Statesville for several years. In 1950, they returned to Catawba County and opened Stewart’s Grocery in Claremont. After her husband died in 1973, Christine continued to operate the store until it was destroyed by arson in the late 1980s. Regardless of their ability to pay, no one left Stewart’s Grocery without food for themselves and their family.

In addition to her kind spirit and generosity, Christine was renowned for her baking and gardening. She ensured that everyone who left her company did so with a piece of cake, a bag of vegetables, and/or fresh cut roses.

Christine’s life was one marked by service to her country, community, church, family and friends.

Christine will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service, June 28, 2019 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont, where she was a life-long member. The funeral will begin at 2:00 P.M. The family will receive following the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Hospice & Palliative Care, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, North Carolina 28902 or to a hospice facility of one’s choice.


  • Funeral Service Friday, June 28, 2019


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Genny Spencer

July 1, 2019

My goodness, this sweet,sweet woman has left such a wonderful place in my heart. I have had the privilege of caring for Teen over the past few years. Going in her room and sitting on the bed with her and just talking and laughing was the best and I will cherish her always for those precious moments. My dear Christine “Teen” Stewart.... I know where you are and I know you are smiling. I will miss you with all of my heart.

Kathy Goodson

June 29, 2019

My sweet Aunt Teen passed away. She has been a part of my life since I was born. She was the hardest working woman I’ve ever know. And a fine example of how to be a strong woman. She built bombers in Baltimore during the war. She ran a grocery store with my uncle in Claremont. After his death she continued to run the store alone until it was burned by a robber. Then she continued to work. My mother and all her sisters were close but the bond between mom and Aunt Teen was as close as any I’ve ever seen. They went to church together, gardened together, went for groceries in Hickory together and much more.

I saw Aunt Teen have surgery and go right back to work. I saw her break bones and you would think she would never survive the pain but she did.

She taught me many lessons including buy the best you can afford. Work hard and never give up. Never lose your sense of humor and much more.

This picture was taken last September on her 99th birthday. My mom asked her that day about sneaking her wheelchair outside. She said, “When I do that I throw up my hands and say I’m free!” Now sweet, amazing, loving Aunt Teen is really free.

Richard Sigmon

June 28, 2019

My memories of Aunt Teen included working for her at Stewart's Grocery along with my cousins starting when I was around 12 years old. This was a great way for us to learn how to deal with people and make a few bucks at the same time. She always treated us kids like we were special and made you feel good about yourself. She was a generous person and wonderful aunt. I also remember all of the great food she would prepare, especially the cakes. I'll always cherish those memories. She worked hard everyday which is testimony of why she lived to age 99.