Barbara Jean Stewart

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Barbara Jean Stewart

December 28, 1930 - November 25, 2018

Barbara Jean Stewart Barbara Jean "Bobbie" Stewart
December 28, 1930 - November 25, 2018

Barbara Jean Stewart went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 25, 2018. She passed at home.

Barbara Jean "Bobbie" Stewart was born in Montana Mines, West Virginia on December 28, 1930 to Charles Franklin Johnson, a coal miner, and Elizabeth Ross (Sergent) Johnson, a housewife. She was the youngest of six children. She grew up in Montana Mines, and went to school in Fairmont, WV, graduating from East Fairmont High School.

After graduating, she worked at the Westinghouse Electric Co. in Fairmont. She joined the US Air Force in January 1952. While in the Air Force, she was stationed at Mather AFB, where she met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Stewart. They were married in Carson City, NV on June 7, 1954 and were both honorably discharged form the Air Force in July 1954.

They then moved to Southern California, where she worked as a phone operator. They had two children before the family moved to Quincy, CA in 1970. The Stewart family owned and operated several businesses, including Quincy Tow Service, The Gold Pan Motel and an H&R Block franchise. She also enjoyed working as a fire camp cook during the fire seasons. Eventually she became a school bus driver for the Plumas Unified School District, driving the "canyon" route. As a bus driver, she also worked transporting fire crews to where they needed to go. She retired from PUSD and bus driving and worked at several local mini marts over the years, "to keep busy."

After Bob retired from the Plumas Unified School District, they moved to Reno, NV for a few years, but moved back to Quincy to be closer to their grandchildren. She was very blessed to be able to participate in her granddaughters' lives. She enjoyed attending birthdays, dance recitals and just everyday life. Most holidays were also spent with the girls, including one Christmas spent in Montana. She was very proud of her girls, and that they grew into strong, intelligent, independent, and beautiful young women.

Barbara was very involved in the Quincy and Reno chapters of The Emblem Club, a women's service organization. During the four decades she was a member, she held many offices in both chapters, including being president twice in the Quincy chapter, and once in the Reno chapter. She made countless lifelong friends during her time in the club.

She loved animals since childhood, and the family had many pets over the years. She was also an avid reader, generally reading several books a week. She was known to reread her favorite books numerous times. She liked to crochet and embroider and made countless hand-crafted items and gifts for family and friends. Bobbie and Bob participated in many activities over the years, including being in bowling leagues, and a square dance club. Bobbie loved to visit her family in West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland and traveled to see them as often as she could, including taking several cross-country trips with her two young children and two small dogs in the family station wagon.

Over the years, she and Bob made almost weekly trips to Reno, NV with their best friends, Joan and Wayne Miller, also of Quincy, CA, to have dinner and play the nickel slots. They love their friends and enjoyed these trips very much.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert "Bob"; her son, Robert "Rob" of Chester, CA, and her daughter, Rossie of Red Bluff, CA. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Shelby and her husband, Forrest, of Winchester, Kentucky; Rebecca of Moab, Utah, and Megan, currently attending Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and great granddaughter, Bodhi, 1 ½ of Winchester, Kentucky. She is also survived by her cousin, Sandy Simpson, who was like a sister to her. In addition, many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and three grand dogs.

Barbara was preceded in death by her mother and father, two sisters, Grace and Ann, and three brothers, Samuel, Francis, and Cleo, and their respective spouses.

She is tremendously loved and tremendously missed.
A private memorial will take place at a future date.
Published on January 11, 2019
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Vicki Nichols
Jan 11, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Marion County Senior Citizens.