Laura A. Stewart, 62, a long-time resident of St. Petersburg, passed into God’s keeping on January 1, 2018 at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.
Laura was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and travelled and lived across the country throughout her childhood in keeping with her father’s career as a USAF officer and pilot.
Laura was interested in others and made friends easily. She nurtured those friendships and was generous and caring toward others.
Laura was capable of intense focus, and had a phenomenal memory. She was artistic. She had wide-ranging interests and hobbies, from antiquing, to genealogy, to creating beautiful craft-works and to the preservation of history.
She brought this same commitment to service. Laura volunteered countless hours to the St Petersburg Historical Society helping transform their collection from a one room “granny’s attic” to a conservator of local heritage. Laura was a member of the St. Petersburg Women’s Club assisting in their community activities. She was Chairman of her Condo Board and directed her efforts to making it a safe and pleasant place for residents.
Above all, Laura loved her family. She cared for her parents through old-age and illness. She was our brother’s constant visitor and savior through his long illness. Laura was not blessed with children herself but she was a blessing to her nieces and nephews. She gave them her time and attention unselfishly. From far away she called cousins and near strangers to bring together the stories of our common roots and retain our sense of family.
We remember her contagious laughter. We were warmed by her kindness. Laura showed us all civility and humility. She charmed us with her love of tradition. She awed us with the power of her memory.
She has left us now. She leaves us with a richer understanding of the people and events that shaped us. She leaves us poorer for the absence of her great heart. We will miss her forever.
Services for Laura will be held at Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, on Saturday, January 6th. Visitation will begin at 9:30am with the service to follow at 10:30am. Internment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater.