Ernie R. Stewart

Published 10:42 am Friday, July 15, 2016

Ernie R. Stewart died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. She was 88.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Eldridge and Maggie Bounds Eldridge.

Mrs. Stewart was an employee of the Valley Department Store until it closed and served as a “Pink Lady” at Mercy Hospital for a number of years.

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She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Stewart, whom she married Jan. 2, 1947; two sons, Michael J. Stewart (Mary) and Lindsey Stewart (Elizabeth); four grandchildren, Kimberly M. Stewart, John Michael Stewart (Rebecca), Edward Stewart (Heather) and Stephen Stewart; four great-grandchildren, John Bailess Stewart, Adeline Waring Stewart, Evan Stewart and Dylan Stewart; two sisters, Shelby Alford and Bernice Benson; and one brother, Arvis Eldridge (Effie).

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. P. J. Curley, pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church, officiating.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the hour of the service.

Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Camellia Home Health and Hospice for their loving care given to Mrs. Stewart.

Special thanks to Dr. Paul Pierce III and his staff, the nurses and staff of the fifth floor Merit Health River Region and the staff of the Vicksburg Convalescent Home.

Pallbearers will be John Michael Stewart, Edward Stewart, Stephen Stewart, Ben Shaw, Hayden Palmer and Lindsey Stewart.