OBITUARY

Nancy Jean Steward

December 29, 1958March 2, 2011

On March 2, 2011, Nancy Steward left us to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, where he no doubt cradled her in his arms and said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Nancy was a beautiful person on the outside, but admired for her internal beauty even more. She was born December 29, 1958 in Whittier, Calif. to Robert and Dorothy Ingrum. The family moved to Ventura in 1966. They loved spending time together whether on vacations or Sunday drives after church. Nancy’s education took place in Ventura schools: El Camino Elementary, Anacapa Jr. High, Buena High School, and Ventura College. On July 18, 1981, she married Bradley Steward. Nancy worked at many Ventura restaurants, including Casa De Soria, Erick Erickson’s, The Yankee Clipper, Ferraros, and Alison’s. She loved each of these jobs. During this time, she took classes, working toward acceptance into the Ventura College Nursing Program; she also gave birth to sons, Jake and Grady. In 1992, the family moved to experience life in the Eastern Sierras. During this time, daughter Leah was born, and Nancy worked at Angels. They only lived in Mammoth for three years, as Nancy’s desire to become a nurse prompted their move back to Ventura so she could pursue that goal. She graduated from the Ventura College Nursing Program in 1999. Eventually, she landed her dream job, working for Dr. Evan Slater in the Oncology Infusion Clinic. Nancy truly had a servant’s heart for giving and did an incredible job with the cancer patients she worked with. Nearly every day she would relate, “I have a hard job, but I love my job.” Nancy adored her fellow nurses and best friends from the clinic, Cathy, Sue, and Linda. The loves of Nancy’s life were her children and extended family. Nancy cherished every moment she was able to spend with her sister, Judy, and her girls. The most important relationship in Nancy’s life was with Jesus Christ. The time she spent reading his word and praying refreshed her and defined who she was. He gave her the endurance to continue to praise his name throughout the 22 months she lived with pancreatic cancer. While she found living with cancer difficult, she counted it as a blessing as it drew her and her husband, Brad, closer to each other, and to the Lord. Nancy is survived by her husband, Bradley Steward; children, Jake, Grady, and Leah; parents, Robert and Dorothy Ingrum; brother, David (Joan) Ingrum; and sister, Judy (Alan) Hielscher. Thank you to Dr. Evan Slater, Dr. John Prichard, Cathy Deen, Sue Lind, May Barry, and Julia Nessim for the wonderful care Nancy received, and for the honor she received working with them. A celebration of Nancy’s life will take place 2 p.m., Friday March, 11, 2011 at Reality Ventura, 1954 Goodyear Ave. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at www.tedmayrfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, March 11, 2011
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Nancy Jean Steward

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Bina Ellefsen

April 5, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to the family. We are friends of Nancy's sister, Judy. We have been praying for Nancy and for her family for several months now. Through Judy, we have been so moved to hear about Nancy's beautiful faith. From all we have heard, she was an incredible woman. We continue to pray for Nancy's family. Blessings, Kristian and Bina Ellefsen

Denise Hielscher-Coulter

March 29, 2011

My condolences to everyone, as I just found out about family & friend, Nancy. We lost touch throughout the years, but I will always remember our fun times, laughter, swimming & staying at her parents home as little girls. I'm so sad to hear about her loss, my prayers were always with her. Nancy, until we meet again..God is wrapping His loving arms around her now.

Virginia Neuman

March 21, 2011

I only just found out about Nancy's passing when I looked out for her at my recent six month check-up at the oncology center. I'll always remember her sweetness, happy face and her caring during my chemotherapy treatment five years ago. Live on in joy Nancy, and thank you!

Rich Marshall

March 16, 2011

The first job I ever had was at Jeremiah's in Ventura with both Nancy and Brad. I'll never forget that time in my life or both of them. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their entire family.

MELVA TYLER

March 14, 2011

TO THE STEWARD FAMILY
I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING ALONG SIDE OF DEAR NANCY WHEN SHE WORKED INSIDE THE HOSPITAL. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL LOVING,CARING PERSON AND TALKED LOVINGLY OF HER OWN FAMILY. I WILL MISS HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE AND WORDS OF KINDNESS. I AM TRUELY BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN HER AND SHARED STORIES OF FAMILY AND GOD. PLEASE KNOW THAT TIME WILL EASE THE PAIN OF HER LOSS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS. WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND LOVE

Melva Tyler

March 14, 2011

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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http://www.ruthann1.com

March 14, 2011

Beautiful and kind Nancy...what a lovely person. I feel sad for all of us that she left us too early. Love and sympathy to her family.

Melanie Turnbough

March 13, 2011

Brad,
It has been years since we have seen each other. I was made aware of your loss by a mutual friend. I am so sorry. There are no words I can say that will ease the sadness in your heart. From what I have read, Nancy was one incredible woman, wife, mother, and most importantly a child of God. It appears that she was a positive influence on anyone she came into contact with.
Can you imagine her right at this moment in the presence of our heavenly Father, totally healed? Wow, that is an amazing visual!
My prayers are with you and your family as you are going through this most difficult time.
Melanie Fowler Turnbough
(former Buena classmate)

March 13, 2011

Dear Brad and family,
I got to know Nancy when I was a phlebotomy patient at the Clinic for a couple of years. We had an instant connection from your Fillmore days and I looked forward to visiting with her at my appointments. She was a beautiful person inside and out, and always spoke so lovingly of her family. May God's love and comfort surround you at this time.
Marjie Bartels, Fillmore

March 12, 2011

RIP Child of God. Dear Lord, guide and embrace her entire family and friends.