Longtime Excursion Inlet resident Georgia Stewart, 74, died Dec. 11, 2004, in Palmer after a short battle with cancer.
She was born April 23, 1930, to George and Edith Small in Anchorage. In 1935, the family moved to Palmer and built a home on South Gulkana Street. The house is still there today.
She graduated from Palmer High School and married Bert E. Stewart in 1948. She made friends in the many places they lived in Alaska, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, Missouri and Indiana over the next 22 years. They then lived 32 years in Excursion Inlet, where they winter-watched the Ward's Cove Packing Facility and eventually built two homes, including their own log home, at the head of Excursion Inlet near the site of the old P.A.F. Cannery.
Enjoying the subsistence lifestyle, Georgia fished, canned and gardened. Gardening was more than producing vegetables and flowers to Georgia. It was about her love of and care for the earth. She was an avid reader and a wealth of information on the medicinal use of local plants and herbs. She loved to sew, knit and crochet and made many garments and gifts for her family and friends. She even kept a stock of handmade gifts, out of which her family could give gifts to their friends and acquaintances.
Her family says, "Above all, she distinguished herself as a woman wise and faithful in her relationships, especially as a wife and mother."
She was preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Frank A. Small, and her great-granddaughter, Jameson Marley Eves.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bert E. Stewart; her daughters, Memory (Brad) Ames of Port Lions, and Melody (Tom) Kirchner of Juneau; her sons, Wiley (Kathy) Stewart of Bellingham, Wash., Tyke (Mary) Stewart of El Paso, Texas, and Troy (Lori) Stewart of Baker City, Ore.; grandchildren, Dawne Ames, Gable (Brooke) Ames, Rachel (Toby) Ames, Mandy Ames, Natalie (Mark) Powers, Adam DesRosiers, Norman (Sarah) DesRosiers, Brooke (Chris) Eves, Gavin, Cadence, Chandler, Cory, Travis and Shane Stewart; and great-grandchildren, Gaedon, Hailey and Trinity Ames, Isaac Powers and Warren Cooper.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in the Log Chapel at Chapel By the Lake. A reception will follow in Smith Hall. Everyone is invited.
Memorial donations may be sent to either of the two missions Georgia faithfully supported in her life: Pacific Garden Mission, 646 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60605 or Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 906 North State Street, Bellingham, Wash., 98225.