Alpha Mitchell Stewart, formerly of Roswell, passed away on Oct. 30, 2012, in Forest Grove, Ore., at the age of 87.
She was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Daisetta, Texas, to Sidney D. and Willie Mitchell and grew up in Manvel, Texas, graduating from Alvin, Texas, High School in 1943.
She met her husband Lloyd D. Stewart when he was stationed with the Coast Guard in Galveston, Texas. They were married on Aug. 14, 1943, in Manvel, after only a 7-week courtship. L.D. was sent to the Pacific Theater during World War II and Alpha went home to live with her parents during that time.
Upon his return in 1946, L.D. and Alpha moved to Baton Rouge, La., where they lived until moving with their three children to Roswell in 1958.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Roswell and worked in the church library for more than 40 years. She loved working in the library, sewing, making quilts for each of her grandchildren, and most of all, she loved Dr. Pepper.
Alpha went to live with her daughter, Linda Walls, in 2005, and eventually was transferred to a nursing home.
She was preceded in death by her husband L.D. Stewart; her brother Dan Mitchell; and her sister Mildred Rex.
She is survived by one sister Barbara Bass and brother-in-law Harrell Bass, and sister-in-law Marie Mitchell.
She is also survived by her three children, Linda Walls, of St. Helens, Ore., Laban Stewart and daughter-in-law Brenda Stewart, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Nancy Dutton and son-in-law Col. Ron Dutton, of Fayetteville, Ga.; six grandchildren, Michael Mason, Chad Stewart, Summer Wood, Casey Powell, Brent Dutton and Lance Dutton; and eight great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be at Ballard Funeral Home, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. The funeral service will be Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Ballard Chapel, with the Rev. Rick Hale of Grace Community Church officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery next to her husband L.D., who preceded her in death in 1977.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.