Funeral Services: Will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Avondale United Methodist Church, rural Fontanelle with burial in the Avondale Cemetery.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Wednesday, May 21st, at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: Will be held on Wednesday evening at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials: To the Avondale United Methodist Church.
Eleanor Margie (Bayman) Steward was born May 10, 1924, to Oron and Lena (Scott) Bayman in Washington Township, Adair County, Iowa. She passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle, Iowa at the age of 90 years and 9 days.
Eleanor grew up and attended country school in Washington Township until 1936 when the family moved to Richland Township and continued her education at Richland graduating in 1941. On August 20, 1942, she was united in marriage to Ralph Steward in Maryville, Missouri. To this union three sons were born: Gail, Allen and Edward.
Eleanor was a member of the Avondale United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Sunshine Club. She always loved music and was a pianist at the Avondale United Methodist Church for 60 years entertaining and accompanying community groups. She greatly enjoyed singing in high school sextets and glee club, being in class plays, growing flowers and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph in 1987; four sisters, Hazel Brissler, Erma Carr, Alma Carr and Dorothy Burg; two brothers, Lawrence and Lloyd Bayman; and granddaughter, Karla Steward.
She is survived by her three sons, Gail Steward and wife Sharon of Orient, Allen Steward and wife Linda and Edward Steward of Fontanelle; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; sister, Rephea Steward of Fontanelle; other relatives and friends.