Marjorie Stewart died in Huron on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at the age of 97.
She was born Marjorie Irene Poole on Nov. 5, 1914, in Belleoram, Newfoundland, a fishing village of 700 souls. She was the only daughter of Charles and Maria (Davidge) Poole who also had four sons.
After high school, she went to England to study and became a registered nurse in 1933. In October, 1939, she married Kenneth John “Mike” Carmichael, and was widowed in 1943. When World War II began, she helped place children evacuated from London in homes in the English Midlands. From 1942 to 1945, she was placed in charge of medical aid and managed the cafeteria for a precision parts factory in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, England.
After the war, Marjorie returned to Newfoundland. When asked why she came to the U.S., she said, “I came to visit my aunt in Brooklyn during the winter of 1947 and stayed the rest of my life.” She became the nurse and office manager of Dr. Earnest Eaton, a Park Avenue arthritis specialist. Through him she met Harlon Parker “Park” Stewart, whom she married on December 3, 1950. They had one son while living in New York City.
Upon her husband’s retirement, Marjorie moved to Huron in 1957. After Park’s death in 1979, Marjorie continued to live alone in that same home until six months before her death.
Striving always to be useful to others, Marjorie turned her sewing skills into an occupation as a part-time seamstress for many years. She taught at Wee People’s Nursery in Huron for over 20 years. She used her knitting ability to perform a series of good works; over the years she knitted sweaters for poor children in South America, bandages for lepers, over 300 baby blankets and prayer shawls and over 100 woolen helmet liners for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marjorie was deeply committed to her Christian faith and was an active member for 45 years of Christ Episcopal Church, Huron. She served on the vestry, the altar guild, bible study group, search committee for a new minister, prayer circle and in many other ways.
She was preceded in death by her husband Park and by her parents, Charles and Maria Poole of Halifax, Nova Scotia; by her four brothers, Harvey, Ward, Aaron and Ron, by her aunt Mary (Davidge) Gottschalk, by her daughter-in-law Bea (Burmaster) Condrin and by her dearest friends Marilyn Wasem and Mary Helen (Wildman) Kay.
Marjorie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Harlon and Marilyn (Mack) Stewart, of Evanston, Ill.; granddaughter-in-law, Janice George, of Columbus, Ohio; stepson Bill Stewart; and by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Canada, among whom are Maria (Poole) Dauphinee, Judy (Poole) Douville, Gary, David Alan and Brian Poole.
She also will be sorely missed by the many dear friends in the area whose lives she has touched over the past half-century.
Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, 410 Main St., Huron. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 Ohio St., Huron, with Rectors Wanda Ray and Eugene Smercina officiating. Marjorie will be interred in the Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Contributions made be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, or to Christ Episcopal Church, Huron.