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Ruth Sellers Stewart

CHARLOTTE -- Ruth Sellers Stewart died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Carolinas Medical Center, after a bout with cancer.

Mrs. Stewart was born on December 28, 1922 in Dillon, South Carolina to Philip Bruce and Ruth Stackhouse Sellers. She was raised in Rock Hill. Mrs. Stewart's entire secondary education was at Winthrop Training School, then a part of Winthrop College. She attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Winthrop College cum laude in Biology and Chemistry. Prior to her marriage in 1945 to Harry T. Stewart, she worked for I. G. Farben, a German company seized by the United States during World War 11.

Mrs. Stewart was married on June 9, 1945. Her husband was a regular Army officer and she made a home for her family in numerous places in the United States and in Japan and Germany. In 1967, after Mr. Stewart's retirement, the family moved to Charlotte, which was their home until her death. She was an active member of Carmel Presbyterian Church, a member of Myers Park Country Club and the Charity League. Her avocation was painting. She took great joy in being a part of the raising of her children, especially when they were in school. Her last residence was at Sharon Towers. Mrs. Stewart was a woman of strong Christian faith and practiced her faith.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harry Stewart; her two sons: Harry Stewart Jr. and his wife, Leta, of Charlotte and Wayne and his wife, Liz, of Atlanta; and three grandsons: Jim and his wife, Amy, David and Matt. She was pre-deceased by her parents and by her sister, Mary Sellers Gambrell. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mrs. Stewart will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carmel Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sharon Towers Residents' Assistance Fund, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte, N.C. 29210. Burial will be private.

Arrangements made by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Online condolences can be made at