Marilyn Annette Stewart, nee Dean, age 74, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, August 25, 2017, when she passed peacefully in her home in New Braunfels, TX. Marilyn’s remarkable life began in Pensacola, FL on December 14, 1942. She was the third of four beautiful sisters born to Exa Lee Booker Dean and Melvin Dean. Later raised at the prominent Booker’s Mill landmark in rural Conecuh County, Alabama, Marilyn attended Lyeffion Schools, was active in clubs, loved science, and was known for singing and playing her guitar. Her beauty and talent were more than noticed when she met and later married her sweetheart and soul mate, Bobby Eugene Stewart, in 1959.
In their early years, the young couple lived near Evergreen, AL while she earned her administrative and business accounting credentials as a proud graduate of Larkins Business School in Brewton, Alabama. Always creative and entrepreneurial, Marilyn went on to work in various early roles as bookkeeper, retail business owner, and business partner with Bobby helping manage the family farm operations. She also fondly remembered working several years in the safety department for Mr. Walter Poole and his team at Poole Truck Line.
Marilyn and Bob were blessed with two daughters, Melanie Ann and Allison Jean. Marilyn and her young family were also active in the Evergreen United Methodist Church as well as Fairview Baptist Church where she was baptized in 1975. Besides a mother’s love, Marilyn’s tenacity to trust God and soldier on through any adversity was the greatest gift and legacy she gave her girls. Her incredible work ethic and sense of humor remains vibrant in their thoughts of her.
After a relocation to New Braunfels, TX, in 1983, Marilyn worked successfully in the sales of newly emerging word processing systems at Office Communications Systems of San Antonio. Her computer skills continued to grow, and she was a proficient user of the latest technologies and enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and family via social media in her later years.
Also in the 1980s, together, Bob and Marilyn began to play country western music around the Lone Star state, and their talents were enjoyed far and wide for over 25 years by thousands of folks who followed their band, Texas Country. They operated and performed at Heidelberg Halle in New Braunfels for several years. After her retirement, Marilyn continued to perform regularly at local nursing homes for many years. She loved to bring a smile to the residents’ faces by singing and playing country and gospel favorites.
Marilyn loved children and would tell anyone that the day her twin granddaughters were born changed her life forever. She and Bob loved to spend time with them and marveled at every stage of their developing lives. She was very proud of their accomplished sports and school activities and always encouraged them to pursue their dreams.
Besides her family, faith, work, and music, Marilyn had a lifelong love and devotion to animals and was soft-hearted to take care of every dog, cat, calf, duck, rabbit, chipmunk, baby deer, and parrot that ever crossed her path.
Marilyn was a patriot and sincere supporter of our American military service members as well as those who served in Christian mission fields. Somehow she found room in her heart for all of these and many more.
Marilyn is survived by her two girls and son-in-laws, Melanie and Frank Hundley of Port Townsend, WA, and Allison and Jeremy Fannin of Schertz, TX; two grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Fannin and Brittany Anne Fannin of Tarleton State University; her sisters, Anne Dean Brazier of Lay Lake, Shelby, AL, Margarette D. Smith and Charilyn (and Mike) Bancroft both of Evergreen, AL; sister-in-law Rhonda (and Greg) Stewart Valentine; sister-in-law Joanne (and Bill) Mann; brother-in-law Jimmy McNeil; wonderful nephews and nieces with their families; many other aunts, cousins, and extended family who will miss her very much. In addition to family, Marilyn often expressed her love for many others she considered extended family including very close and devoted friends Verna Mae Dean, Raymond Frieda, and the DeViney family, all of New Braunfels, TX, as well as many wonderful people she knew and loved in Texas, Alabama, and all around the world.
Marilyn is pre-deceased by her husband of 50 years, Bobby Eugene Stewart; her parents, Exa Lee and Melvin Dean; her grandparents-in-law, Audie Lee and Joseph Clifford Hyde; her brothers-in-law Curtis Brazier and Kenneth “Smitty” Smith; her Aunt Wynonia (Sis) and Uncle Leonard Morrow, and many others very dear to her.
Per her request, Marilyn’s life was celebrated in a small family service in New Braunfels on August 27, 2017, as well as many hours of storytelling and remembrances with extended family and friends. Others are encouraged to remember and celebrate Marilyn’s life in their own personal way and be reminded that she loved us all. The depth of grief is only comforted by the colorful memories of the loving heart and life of Marilyn as well as the hope and belief of the circle being rejoined again through the Grace of our Lord Jesus in a life that transcends this world.
The Stewart family would also like to extend gratitude to all of the staff who attended Marilyn’s health and care needs including Dr. Wade Knight, her beloved hospice nurse and friend, Amber Perry, and others. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to be directed in Marilyn’s name to support the new Surgical Sciences and Technology operations at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple at 2401 S. 31st Street, MS-20-S103, Temple, TX 76508. 1-800-293-4483 or https://giving.sw.org/ways-to-give/donate