Maryellen Henderson Stewart, age 89, of Manhattan, died September 27, 2012, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. She was born on March 18, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Frank B. and Harriette S. Henderson. She graduated from Paseo High School in 1940. She attended Kansas State University where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a degree in home economics in 1944. She worked for two years in Kansas City, Missouri, for the Gas Service Company and on August 31, 1946, she married Chester A. Stewart. She and her husband had three children, Frederick N. (Vicki), Dauphin Island, Alabama, Harriette Stewart McCaul (Kevin), Fargo, North Dakota, and Andrew D. (Susan), Atlanta, Georgia. In 1955, Chester, who worked for the Kansas Power and Light Company, was transferred from Manhattan, Kansas, to Leavenworth, Kansas, where they lived for 45 years. In 2001, Maryellen and Chester moved back to Manhattan for their retirement years. Chester died on August 24, 2009.
Maryellen was active in many organizations throughout her life, including the First Presbyterian Church in Leavenworth, where she served as an elder and deacon and was a leader in the United Presbyterian Women's Association. She was also involved with AAUW, the Girl Scouts as a troop leader, and she was an avid bridge player.
Maryellen is survived by her children and her grandchildren: Sean Stewart (Portia), Jonas Stewart (Angie), David McCaul (Lisa), Laura McCaul, Ian Stewart, Heather Stewart, and Emily Stewart, as well as five great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowlark Hills for the wonderful care they provided to their parents in their final years.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 P.M. Friday, November 23, 2012, at Meadowlark Hills Community Room with Reverend R. Cam McConnell officiating. Private inurnment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, the First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan or the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at: www.ymlfuneralhome.com.