Mary Ellen Steward

October 14, 1929November 6, 2011

Mary Ellen Steward West Des Moines

Mary Ellen Steward, 82, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at her home in West Des Moines. A Graveside Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Mary was born October 14, 1929 to Tharon and Edna Reed. She was a legal secretary for Massey Ferguson and a founding member of Wakonda Christian Church. Mary Ellen loved writing, reading, cooking, and animal rescue.

Mary is survived by her son, Louis (Buddy) Steward; step-daughter, Christina Ackerman of Logansport, Indiana and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Steward; brother, Dan Reed and step-daughter, Nona Scott. She will be missed by the felines she cared for and a multitude of friends.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa, Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary, Animal Rescue League of Iowa, or your public library.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, November 11, 2011


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Nancy Newell

December 7, 2011

Even though I only knew you a few weeks while helping you take care of your cats this past summer through Hospice, I knew you were a special lady. I will see you again one day in Heaven.

November 11, 2011

My brother and I called you Granny per your request. We love you although we lost touch after our mother Nona passed away we still love you and you will be missed.
Deborah (Scott) McDougal

Pam Barth

November 11, 2011

I have enjoyed visiting and getting to know you Mary Steward. Thank you for being a part of those beginning years of Wakonda Christian Church..and the stories you shared. RIP my dear friend.

November 9, 2011

What a great lady. Always a word of encouragement and kind smile.

Barb Hunt

JoElla and Harold Lukehart

November 9, 2011

Mary Ellen, I am so sad that you passed but happy that it was in your home you so loved. Hope you kitties that have passed are all up there with you. Take good care of them.
joella and harold who will miss you