In the very early morning hours on Dec. 24, 2018, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Elizabeth “Betsy” M. Stewart peacefully passed away with her family by her side in Eugene, Ore. She was born on Dec. 8, 1944, in her family home Star City, Ind., to Lawrence and Letha Siebert. It was there, that “Momma” taught her skills of gardening, cooking, canning, baking, preserving foods, sewing and quilting that would later become her calling in serving others for the rest of her life. Betsy would go with her “Momma” to the town community donation center to work, and help the needy. This early work as a child, made a huge impression on her young life.
It was in California where she met the love of her life, and on Jan. 15, 1966, she married Mervin “Bud” L. Stewart Jr. In 1967, they welcomed daughter Julie Ann, and in 1970 they welcomed Jean Marie. In 1974, they decided to buy a small farm in Angels Camp to raise their family in the country. It was here that Betsy’s skills came to life. It was not uncommon for the girls to go to sleep with Betsy’s sewing machine humming into the night. In 1978, they welcomed a long-awaited son, Jonathan Charles.
Betsy’s talents were enjoyed by her community from 1979 to 1994 where she worked as a volunteer in her church. In 1994, when they moved from Angels Camp to Eugene, Ore., her service to the Lord through the needs of her community would continue for another 20 years.
Mervin “Bud” L. Stewart preceded her in death by three months. Son Jonathan preceded her in death. In addition to her two daughters, she is also survived by son August Diefenbach. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mom, we miss your infectious laugh, your big hugs, your dedication to everyone, and willingness to help anyone will always be missed.
A private family graveside service is planned at the Roseburg National Cemetery.