OBITUARY

Shirley Louise Stewart

October 4, 1936September 7, 2020

Shirley Louise Bonitto Stewart, born October 4, 1936, in Kingston, Jamaica, passed away naturally on September 7, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Alfonso Francis Stewart, from Kingston, Jamaica in 2007, survived by her two children Alesia Stewart and Irwin Stewart of Clear Lake City, Texas.

Shirley’s greatest joy was her family and church life. She highly valued peace and harmony. Raised in the Anglican church tradition, she practiced her faith throughout her life. She was an active member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church, League City, Texas for over 25 years, attending and volunteering at the St Christopher Thrift Shop.

Apart from role as a wife and a mother, Shirley was an accomplished Registered Nurse. She successfully passed University of London Entrance Exams and went on to complete her Nursing Training in Falmouth, Jamaica, graduating at the top of her class.

Subsequently, in 1962, her profession afforded her the opportunity to come to the United States, through employment as a staff nurse at Unity Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Later, she moved to Florida and continued her work as a R.N. at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital and Palmetto General Hospital in the Miami/ Hialeah area of Florida. She attained the level of Nursing Supervisor at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas. Finally, after 22 years of service at Bayshore Hospital, Pasadena, Texas. She retired in 2002.

Her love of music and dance began at an early age. She participated in the junior choir at church. As a child, she was selected among other school children to dance before Queen Elizabeth II, during one the Queen’s visit to Jamaica. Music and the cultural arts always remained a part of her life.

She has touched many lives in a positive way. She will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered.

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Sarah Takagi

September 24, 2020

Shirley, May you enjoy enteral life filled with joy, laughter and Irish dance. We were blessed to get to know you this past year through your amazing daughter. Your smile at Wednesday adult class inspired our hearts. Your daughter passion and devotion towards you was so much felt. We will surely miss you being at dance practices and competitions. May you be lifted with angels and watch over your beautiful children from Heaven.
We send our love.
Love,
Sarah, Atsushi, Aika and Mika

Purva Khakheria

September 20, 2020

I will always have fond memories of seeing Alicia and Shriley on fridays at the deli. They would usually come by to get their usual order of either the veggie sandwich, or an order of pasta for them to share. Always Alicia and Shirley were matching , and regardless of the time of day, or the weather outside Shirley was as upbeat as ever. From Alicia, and Irwin I learned more about Shirley. More importantly, I saw just how much Irwin, and Alicia both loved, and cared for Shirley. She was a part of their lives for all moments. She was a shining light to them, and to all who were lucky enough to be around her. While her absence leaves a void that will not be filled. I know her memories will live on, and she will forever be with us in spirit.

Thank you Shirley.

ARTHUR & Theresa Roole

September 17, 2020

Dear Alesia & Irwin,So very sorry to hear that your Mom passed away.Please accept our deepest condolences.As you both know
she was my best friend for many many years.She will be surely missed.Love Aunt Theresa & Uncle Turo

Michelle McClish

September 17, 2020

I will always remember Alesia bringing Shirley to dance class every week and to competitions all over. Alesia took the most amazing tender care of her mother. It was a beautiful example to us all. Shirley will be missed greatly. My prayers are with Alesia and Irwin.

HELEN SOLOMOS

September 16, 2020

Alesia and Irwin,
Your mother was a remarkable lady. May her memory be eternal and always in your heart.
God bless you always.

Amanda Vermillion

September 15, 2020

I first met Shirley in 2017 when she and Alesia (her daughter) would attend our weekly French conversation group meetings. Shirley (or "Martine", as we called her in French group) had a quiet, sweet presence and a lovely aura. When I opened my tea shop that year and started having weekly tea tastings on Sundays, Alesia and Shirley almost always attended. It always gave me great pleasure to see them both. Reading the beautiful obituary and loving tributes on this page brought tears to my eyes as I realize how much more there was to Shirley and what a remarkable life she led. May her memory be a blessing. My deepest condolences to Alesia and Erwin.

Nancy Weiss

September 15, 2020

My hearts are with Alesia, Irwin and all who loved your mother. I will always think of Ms. Stewart as a woman who was so beautifully loved by her children. Knowing her just in her last years, it was obvious she was a gentle soul. I am glad to now know more about her earlier years and understand her devotion to the care of others. Sending my very best each day as you mourn such a great loss.
With love,
Nancy

Lee Friedrich

September 13, 2020

Aleisha , Irwin and the Stewart Family - May you be comforted with loving memories of your beautiful mother. A very special gifted and kind woman. How blessed we have been to have known her. An inspiration to us all. Her physical presence will be missed in our Jewish Folk Dance class, but her spirit will live on through our dancing, learning, and sharing.

Jeanne King

September 13, 2020

Alesia,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. The deep and abiding love your family shares was evident in the gentle and tender compassion with which you tended your mother. Miss Shirley was a fixture at the Wednesday adult Irish dance classes in addition to competitions. I always enjoyed watching her foot tapping along to the music. It is evident where your brother's and your devotion to family came from. We will keep your family in our prayers during this difficult time.
Jeanne and Shannon King and family

Diana ( Di ) Kawalec

September 13, 2020

Alesia Back in the 90's when my mother was alive she belonged to St Christopher's. We used to frequent the gift shop. If Miss Shirley was there in that time period our mom's would have known each other. A warm and comforting thought. I'll miss seeing your mom when we finally get back to dance. My deepest sympathies to you and your brother.

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