Mary Alice Stewart of Chadds Ford

Mary Alice Stewart died peacefully on Sunday, March 6, after an extended battle with cancer.

She was an avid reader and dog lover who was politically and socially active in her community.

She was born in Harrisburg and attended Hummelstown High School, Class of 1947.  She continued her education at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Lancaster, Class of 1950. Upon graduation she worked as a labor and delivery room nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital until 1958.

She married her late husband Richard A Stewart on Feb. 7, 1953.

She went on to work as a public health nurse for the State of Pennsylvania serving the Amish communities in Lancaster and York County.

After moving to Chadds Ford in 1964, her career shifted to elder care as a night duty nurse at the Episcopal Nursing Home of Hockessin, where she retired after 25 years of service.

The beloved matriarch was survived by James A. Stewart and wife Suzanne, Thomas R. Stewart, Michael A. Stewart, Patricia Stewart (Lerro) and husband Michael, Margaret Stewart (Bruce) and husband Bill, Allen P. Stewart and wife Brenda (Martin) Stewart, Helen Stewart (Krusen) and husband Dave, and Elizabeth Stewart (Salvo) and husband Jim.  Her surviving grandchildren include Matthew Stewart, Grace Stewart Lerro, Brianna M. Krusen, Zachary D. Krusen, Faith E. Krusen and Emily P. Stewart.

She was also survived by her great-granddaughter, Kinsley Stewart.  Additional extended family survivors include: Christopher A Bruce, Melisa Bruce (Pfau), her son, Graham M. Pfau, Matthew Salvo and wife Megan, and Dana Salvo.

She was preceded in death by her late husband and grandson, Jonathan Stewart.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 14, at St. Cornelius Church, 160 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 19317 where the family will receive guests starting at 9 a.m.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Cornelius Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist Outreach 160 Ridge Road Chadds Ford, PA  19317.

Arrangements are being handled by the Founds Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester, 610-696-0134.

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