The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Obits

April 3, 2013

Velma L. Stewart

GALENA, Kan. — Velma Louise Harreld Stewart, age 91, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at her Galena home with family at her side.

She was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Galena, daughter of the late Glen Harreld and Gladys Irene Crookshank Harreld.

Velma attended Joplin High School and Joplin Business College. Before working for the Kansas State Telephone Company as a switch board operator, she worked in her family's business, Harreld Photography Studio, as a colorist where she hand tinted black and white photographs before the advent of color photography. Many Galena residents still have beautiful photographs that depict her artistic talent. Of all her accomplishments, that of wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother were truly her greatest. She was known by all in her community for her sweet nature and wonderful sense of humor.

She married Royal P. Stewart on July 5, 1938, in Joplin, and celebrated their 68th anniversary before his death in August of 2006.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sondra Kay Bowman; and two grandchildren, James Brett Bowman and Patrick Eugene Stewart.

She is survived by her children, Glynn "Skip" Stewart and wife, Elisa, of Galena, and daughter, Carolyn Billingsley and husband, Fred, of Joplin; son-in-law, Jim Bowman; grandchildren who knew her affectionately by "Nannie" are Terri Beers Cobb and husband, Troy of Boise, Idaho, Chad Bowman and wife, Leslie, of Riverton, Kan., Jodi Bowman, of Galena, Lana Banks and husband, David, of Carthage, Mo., Karie Cox, of Springfield, Mo., Angela Arnce and husband, Chaz, of Wyandotte, Okla.,  Fred Billingsley Jr. and wife, Tina, of Springfield, and Amy Sears, of Columbus, Kan.; 21 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com

1
Text Only
Obits
  • Gary Randolph 1 Dr. Gary L. Randolph

    Dr. Gary L. Randolph M.D., age 76, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home following a one year illness.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • James J. Holden James J. Holden

    James J. Holden, age 84, formerly of Joplin, passed away at 3:12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield after a sudden illness.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Becky Narramore Becky (Weaver) Narramore

    Becky passed away Jan. 16, 2014, in Winterset, Iowa at West Bridge Care and Rehabilitation due to complications of C.O.P.D. She was 78 years old.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alissa D. Gutierrez Alissa D. Gutierrez

    Alissa Danielle Henson Gutierrez, age 28, of Joplin, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home after a sudden illness.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sarah I. Martin Sarah I. Martin

    Sarah Irene Martin, 95, Neosho, died April 17, 2014, at Medicalodge in Neosho, following a short illness.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry L. Lauderdale Terry L. Lauderdale

    Terry Lee Lauderdale, age 58, of Webb City, Mo., passed away early Friday morning April 18, 2014, at the home of his daughter in Golden City, Mo. following a lengthy illness.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Billy Stark Billy C. Stark

    Billy Charles Stark, 59, Carthage, died on Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home after a sudden illness.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lewis E. Raines Lewis E. Raines Jr.

    On April 17, Lewis E. Raines, Jr. slipped the surly bonds of earth and reached out to touch the face of God.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Emily Clements Emily Clements

    Emily Clements, age 74, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Max E. Rose Max E. Rose

    Max E. Rose, 76, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at St. Luke's Heart Institute, Kansas City, Mo., after a courageous battle with numerous health issues.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo