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On February 22, 2018, Mary H. Stewart (née Bocook) passed away after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Sid Stewart; three children, Cindy Stewart (Ed Vermillion), John Stewart (Doshia) and Anna Laura Stewart; three grandchildren, Duncan Stewart Vermillion, Catherine Grace Stewart and Isabelle Marie Stewart; and one sibling, Helen Chadwell (Mike).

Mary was born in Haldeman, Kentucky on September 13, 1938 and at the age of 9, moved with her family to Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Morehead State University and graduated with a teaching degree in 1960. She later obtained masters' degrees in English and Library Science. She taught high school English, French and Latin, and served as a librarian for Wrigley, Cannel City and West Liberty Middle School. She also taught English, Literature and English as a second language, among other classes, at Morehead State University.

An accomplished writer and poet, Mary won many awards for her poetry. She co-authored Three Women Alone in The Woods, authored Circle a Blue Moon, and edited Sid Stewart's book, The Competition Hound. She was an active participant in several writers' groups and book clubs and participated in the Appalachian Writers' Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School and the Phoenix Writers' workshop for many years.

Mary had a bottomless well of curiosity, energy and determination and was fun, interesting and adventuresome. She hobbled all over England and Scotland on a broken foot with her daughters and friends. She showed her own children, and many others, the true joy and adventures to be had in reading a good book. Her greatest quality was to identify and nurture that spark in children and young people who may have been overlooked by others but who had something of value to offer to the world. She was open, accepting, loving, supportive, kind and forgiving to all.

We will miss her every day for the rest of our lives and owe it to Mary to follow her lead and be a good friend, neighbor, parent and spouse, and to watch out for and encourage that spark in all those children and young people who might need a little extra love and attention or someone to believe in them.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Morgan County Public Library, 151 University Drive, West Liberty, KY 41472 or to any college or vocational school scholarship fund of your choice. We will hold a celebration of her life on March 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Martha Caudill Stacy Community Center in West Liberty, KY. If you have a memory or story you want to share, you can email it to rememberingmarystewart@gmail.com or post it to www.facebook.com/RememberingMaryStewart/. Everyone is welcome.
Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home, West Liberty, KY
Published on February 26, 2018
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