Hilda Hill Stewart, wife of retired Rev. Alexander Stewart Jr., died on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at home in Northfield, Massachusetts.
Hilda was born January 25, 1924 in Ellison Ridge, Mississippi and was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women. She studied at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and held an advanced degree from Boston University School of Education. She married Rev. Alexander Stewart Jr. in Louisville, MS on October 20, 1946. Together Hilda and Alex spent 68 years in shared ministries of service. Hilda gave active leadership in churches and communities in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, including at Crafton UMC from 1964-September 1969.
Her career included both teaching and social work. She was a lifelong activist in peace movement, civil rights, women's issues, and actively supported environmental concerns, animal welfare and wildlife projects. The family summer home in Northfield, MA remained her place of refuge, spiritual renewal, memorable gatherings and celebrations with family and friends. It was to Northfield that Hilda and Alex retired to enjoy the world of nature, the mountain views, bird life, fields and flowers and seasonal changes along the Connecticut River. She continued to have an active mind and was an avid reader.
Hilda is survived by her husband Alexander Jr., her son Alexander III and his wife Yin Mei of Burlington, VT; her son Robert David and his wife Wendy Gold of Durham, N.H.; she was predeceased by their daughter, Marci Jane in 1972. Hilda proudly adored four grandchildren: Chandra Stewart Weintz of New York City, Parker Andrew Stewart of Durham, N.H., John Alexander Stewart and Zora Jane Stewart of Burlington, VT and two great-grandchildren, Abigal and Ruth Weintz of New York City.
A celebration of her life was held on Oct. 12, 2014 at the First Parish of Northfield.
For those wishing to honor Hilda with a gift, it could gratefully be given to support research in Cystic Fibrosis, the illness that took the life of daughter, Marci Jane. Contributions in memory of Hilda Hill Stewart may be made online at www.cff.org, or can be sent to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter, 220 North Main St. Suite 104, Natick, Ma. 01760.
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