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Dorothy Jean "Dottie" Stewart

Benton, AR, 1925 - 2022

Dorothy Jean "Dottie" Peterson Stewart passed away June 20, 2022, from complications following hip surgery. Dottie was born May 13, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., adopted as a toddler, and raised as an only child by Andrew and Alma Peterson. Upon graduation in 1943 from Duluth Central High School, she worked in Washington D.C., New York City and Stockton, Calif.
After moving to San Diego, she met a Navy chief and native Arkansan, Buster Stewart and they married in 1950. Over the next 10 years, they served in Oak Harbor, Wash., where their daughter Andrea was born, as well as Millington, Tenn., where their son Scott was born. Buster retired from the Navy in 1968.
Buster and Dottie bought a farm and the family moved to Franklin, Ark., in 1969, where Dottie became a farm wife, a role she found very fulfilling. They raised cattle and enjoyed life together on the farm for 34 years.
When she married Buster, she gained a family of brothers-and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.
Those who mourn her passing include her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Ron Burcham, and her son, Scott Stewart, as well as extended family and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m., at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Benton, Ark. The full obituary can be accessed at

Published July 10, 2022

Smith-Benton Funeral Home
322 N. Market St., Benton, AR
Phone: 501-778-7100