Maxine Waldrip Stewart, age 77 of Monticello, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the John R. Williams Hospice House in El Dorado. She was born May 24, 1937 in Locust Bayou to the late Algia Franklin Waldrip and Abbie Ardella Parker Waldrip. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dewitt and Talmidge and a sister, Flora. Maxine was the youngest of six children, including brothers Dewitt and Talmidge; and sisters Mary Sue, Flora and Melba. In 1957 she married Cordell Stewart and raised her family of Lynn, Della and Angela over the next 20 years. Maxine was a retired secretary at W.C. Whaley Elementary School and was a long time member of the Monticello Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband Cordell Stewart of Monticello; her son, Lynn Stewart of Springdale, AR; two daughters, Della Stewart Paulson of Clarkson, Wash. and Angela Stewart of Monticello; two sisters, Mary Sue Blann of San Angelo, Texas and Melba Dunn of Monticello; and two grandsons, Drew and Cory Stewart of Springdale. Maxine enjoyed church activities, reading, camping, music and spending time with her family and friends. She had a passion for life and was a joy to those around her. The cemetery committal service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Oakland Cemetery and a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com. Memorials may be given to the Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 485, Monticello, Ark. 71657.
Published August 15, 2014