The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


June 21, 2013

Norma Lavenia Shelton Stewart

Norma L. Shelton Stewart embraced her Lord as she met him Monday, June 17, 2013 after leaving her earthly home after 83 years. 

Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio under the direction of Porter Loring Funeral Home, 1101 McCullough Ave, San Antonio TX 78212.

Norma was born March 28, 1930 in Memphis, Tenn. to Elmer W. and Mary Thelma Mason Shelton. She graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and Texas State College for Women in Denton. Her love for children was evident in the time she spent teaching and serving. She taught school 40 years, owned Kiddie Kollege Preschool in Castle Hills, Texas nd served as Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Regional Director when the young organization was active in preventing the unionization of Texas schools. 

Norma also did volunteer missions in Mexico, the Philippines and Republic of Czech.   was a member of the Louise Schuetze Lodge, Sons of Hermann and Kappa Kappa lota-Alpha Lambda Chapter. Her church home was Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler, where she served as a faithful member.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by her loving husband, Huey P. Stewart, recently celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. She leaves a wonderful legacy to her family including three children: Dr. Mack D. Stewart and wife, Sandy; Mark P. Stewart and wife, Jane; and daughter, Cheryl L. Foster.  She also leaves seven adoring grandchildren: Dustin R. Stewart, Mark D. Stewart, Laura Lee Stewart, Holland P. Stewart, Andrew H. Stewart, Jack M. Stewart and Travis R. Dorsey. Other survivors include her stepmother, Nannie Faye Shelton; and nephews and families of S.D. Shelton and wife, Kathy; James Ray Shelton and wife, Susan; Louis Ray Shelton and wife, Karen; and niece, Linda E. Barnes and husband, Gary.

A woman of true faith and love, Norma will be greatly missed. She loved her family dearly and treasured times together playing games, traveling, and strumming guitars and singing together. As she battled her cancer, she did so with great courage, determination and dignity....a true warrior she was.

A celebration of Norma’s life is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Southern Oaks Baptist Church, 601 E. Amherst St. in Tyler. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Brackenridge Eagle Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 461094, San Antonio, TX 78246-1094.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio.

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