Thelma E. “Peg” Stewart, 92, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Auburn Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Salem. She was born March 3, 1928 in Wheeling, W. Va., to the late Lawrence & Hazel (Tomlinson) Ashbee. She was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church where she participated in many church activities, but especially enjoyed spending time in the nursery holding the babies. Peg was a member of Silver Sneakers and looked forward to her classes at Salem Community Center. She enjoyed doing crafts, working puzzles, vacations at the beach, but what she cherished most was time spent with her family. She worked for the former Deming Pump Co., but her passion for sewing led to jobs at the former Singer Sewing Center, where she sold sewing machines and taught sewing classes, the House of Fabrics and JoAnn’s; but she will be remembered most for the many wedding and bridesmaid dresses she made.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hays G. Stewart on April 20, 2007, whom she married January 22, 1947.
Survivors include four children, Sally Stewart of Salem, Richard (Karen) Stewart of Winter Haven, FL, Mindi (Eric) Steele of Simpsonville, SC, and Michael “Andy” Stewart of Salem; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Labre Indian School. PO Box 216, Ashland, MT 59003-9989 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com
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