Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Doris Jessie Perry Stewart, 92, of Granville, passed away June 27, 2014 at Kendal at Granville. She was born March 15, 1922, in North Fairfield to Marjorie and Thayer Perry. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William Stewart; a son Mark Stewart; and a brother, Donald Perry.
Doris graduated from North Fairfield High School first in her class then attended Ohio University graduating cum laude in 1943. She began her teaching career at Norwalk City Schools in 1943.
She met and married a young Methodist minister in 1945 who was to become her partner as they explored the worlds of literature, music and travel together. During their time together they raised three sons and Doris resumed her teaching career as they moved through a succession of church appointments in Ohio including the communities of Granville, Bellefontaine, Van Wert and Cincinnati.
Following Bill’s retirement, the couple returned to Granville to enjoy the village’s many offerings. Doris was very active in a number of community organizations including Fortnightly Travelers, Winter Picnic, Granville Music Club, Ohio Retired Teachers, the Tulip Circle of the United Methodist Women and continued her 50-year involvement with PEO.
Doris also became an accomplished cook. Her husband would challenge her with recipes from the New York Times and she would tackle them undaunted by complexity of ingredients or execution, usually with success.
Both Doris and Bill enjoyed a wanderlust that never faded. Following her husband’s passing, Doris never lost her love for travel and particularly enjoyed her time on Lake Superior in the small Upper Peninsula town of Eagle Harbor, Mich.
She is survived by sons Jonathan (Kayla) Stewart and Eric (Gayle) Stewart; another daughter-in-law, Sandra Stewart; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 E. Broadway, Granville, with the Rev. Stephen J. Cramer as celebrant. Burial is in Maple Grove Cemetery in Granville. Calling is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home in Granville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcpeekhoekstra.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, Organ Restoration Fund and PEO Chapter AB, c/o Sally Stilwell, 403 W. Broadway, Granville OH 43023.