6/27/2022 10:24:00 AM Funeral for Mary Lou Stewart June 29 at High Forest Community Church
The funeral service for Mary Lou Stewart, 86, of Racine, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at High Forest Community Church in High Forest, with Rev. Marcus Quam officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Mrs. Stewart died on Friday, June 24, 2022 of natural causes at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had been a resident since April of this year. Mary Lou Taylor was born Dec. 14, 1935 on the family farm in ruralBrownsdale, to Mabry and Lou (Hyatt) Taylor. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. She was employed as a cashier and then as a bookkeeper at grocery stores in Spring Valley and then Rochester. Mary Lou was married on Aug. 31, 1956 in Racine, to Eugene C. Stewart. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester for a few years, before moving near the Stewart family homestead, where they raised their children and continued to make their home for many years. Mary Lou was a homemaker and was also employed part-time as a seasonal worker at Libbys in Rochester. Gene was employed as a tool and die maker at Crenlos for 40 years. Mr. Stewart died on March 21, 2018. Mary Lou was a past active member of the First Baptist Church, now Redemption Hill Church in Stewartville where she volunteered in many capacities and always enjoyed with her husband Gene, visiting following Sunday services. She currently was a member of High Forest Community Church. Mary Lou enjoyed crocheting, gardening and visiting with her friends and neighbors. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Stewart family would like to thank all the staff at Chosen Valley Care Center for their excellent and loving care. Mary Lou is survived by one daughter and three sons, David (Barb) of Millington, Tennessee, John of Preston, Steve of Rochester, and Julie (Mark) Pearce of Brownsdale; seven grandchildren, Melissa Elford, Dawn (Oscar) Balderas, Greg (Jessica) Stewart, Angela Rechztigel, Steve Pearce, Christopher Pearce (Marissa Bornholt) and Nicole (Ryan) Eipers; 16 granchildren; two sisters, Rita Blake of Albert Lea, and Janice Fortney of Ostrander; one brother, Jim (Connie) Taylor of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents; three sisters, Helen Walker, Erma Legler and Juanita Back; and three brothers, Delmer Taylor, Harold Taylor, and Junior Taylor. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at High Forest Community Churchon Wednesday. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Mary Lou are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.