Barbara A. (Montague) Stewart passed away Feb. 16, 2018, at the Hemingford Community Care Center at the age of 90 after a short bout with cancer.
Barbara was born Nov. 23, 1927, to Rose and James Montague at the family home west of Dunlap along the Niobrara River. Barbara attended grade school at Dunlap and high school at St. Agnes Academy in Alliance and Assumption Academy in Chadron.
After high school Barbara worked at the bank in Hay Springs and later on the J. C. Penney store in Alliance.
On June 1, 1948, she married Bill Stewart, the love of her life, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Hemingford. The couple lived for a short while in Alliance before moving to Chadron. Chadron was Barbara’s home for over 65 years. In Chadron Barbara and Bill raised eight children. In the early days, while keeping the house in order and the kids in line, Barbara also waited on customers who came to the greenhouses for flowers and other plants at the east edge of Chadron. For several years Barbara worked at the Chadron Medical Clinic and hospital as well.
Barbara was a loving wife and mother and a wonderful cook.
In 2016, for health reasons, Barbara and Bill moved into the Hemingford Community Care Center.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brother James, sister Rosemary, son Stephen and daughter Alesia.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband Bill of 69 years, son Billy and wife Linda of Bigfork, Mont., son John and wife Jolie of Chadron, daughter Mary Schnell and partner Steve Wolters of Blackhawk, S.D., daughter Bernadette Marquardt and husband Steve of Cedaredge, Colo., son Tony of Great Falls, Mont., daughter Bridget Burkhart and husband Tony of Scottsbluff; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Barbara was a devoted Catholic and member of St. Patrick’s parish in Chadron for over 65 years. Barbara never wavered in her faith and trust in her savior Jesus Christ.
There will be a rosary Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass will take place Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., also at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Father Todd Philipsen officiating. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.