Helen Gwendolyn "Gwennie" (Dixie) Stewart was born January 8, 1932 to Helen Lavina (Bass) and Rev. John Dixie, Jr. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She transitioned into the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at her home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She passed away peacefully with her loving family at her bedside.
"Mama," "Granny," "Aunt Gwennie," or "Gwennie" as she was affectionately called by those who knew and loved her. She was a devoted mother to her six children, loving grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a warm-hearted and considerate aunt to her nieces and nephews. Outgoing and engaging, Gwennie "never met a stranger" as the old saying goes. She always had a smile, a tender touch, and kind and inspiring words for everyone that she met.
Gwennie accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized by her father, the Reverend John Dixie, Jr. She was a lifelong member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Central High School and a founding member of Sisters of the Cloth Quilters Guild.
Gwennie's hand were truly blessed by God. Her many talents included sewing, quilting, crafting, and baking. Her wedding cakes were truly works of art. Many brides requested a wedding cake made by Gwennie. She was often teased by family and friends because of her love of Mickey Mouse and frogs. Her collection of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and frogs could be seen displayed in and around her home. She also liked to play cards; spades was her game. When it came to board games she was the Scrabble queen.
She leaves to cherish her memory her six children, Gregory (Jackie) Stewart, Denise (Willie) Jordan, Lavina Stewart, Tina (Dickie) Robbins, Gwendolyn "Lynn" Stewart and Wanita "Mickey" Stewart; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis W. "Bop Daddy" Stewart; parents, Rev. John and Helen Dixie, Jr.; siblings, John "Junior" Dixie, Jr., Maxine Greene, Theresa Curry and Gloria Barnes.
She will be greatly missed.
Entombment in Lindenwood Cemetery.
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