Naomi E. StewartFormer teacherNaomi Elizabeth Stewart, a...


May 16, 1993

Naomi E. Stewart

Former teacher

Naomi Elizabeth Stewart, a former Baltimore teacher and retired life insurance saleswoman, died Wednesday at Keswick of complications following a stroke in October.

Mrs. Stewart, who was 91, taught in the Baltimore City school system for about six years, ceasing work in 1926 to get married and start a family.

In 1940, she returned to work as an insurance saleswoman with the Mutual Benefit Society, joining her husband, Clarence R. Stewart Sr., who sold insurance for the same firm.

The Baltimore company is now North Carolina Mutual Insurance. The couple retired in 1960.

Born in Wilmington, Del., the former Naomi Elizabeth Brown moved to Baltimore with her parents at an early age. She grew up in Northwest Baltimore, attended Baltimore schools and graduated from high school in 1919. She was a 1921 graduate of Colored Teachers Training School, now Coppin State College.

"She was the epitome of a mother -- ever-guiding, full of compassion, tender and loving," said her daughter, Thelma Clardy of Baltimore.

Mrs. Stewart and her husband were active members of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church on Cumberland Street, which she helped found.

She taught Sunday school there and was a member of Vineyard Workers Guild, an outreach group, and the Golden Age Club. She remained active in these clubs until her stroke.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to her husband and her daughter, survivors include two sons, Clarence Stewart Jr. and Donald Stewart, both of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial donations could be made to Coppin State College.

Mary Marie Roles

Baltimore homemaker

Mary Marie Roles, a homemaker who lived in Baltimore more than 80 years, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at her home in Glen Burnie. She was 92.

The former Mary Marie Phillips lived in Glen Burnie with her son for the past seven years. Before that she lived in Southwest Baltimore.

In 1920, she and Henry Roles, a driver for the W. T. Cowan trucking company, were married. Mr. Roles died in 1952.

Mrs. Roles liked to read and, when she was younger, often went boating with her husband on the Chesapeake Bay.

She is survived by three sons, William B. Roles of Glen Burnie and Milton Roles and Henry L. Roles of Baltimore; a brother, Charles Phillips of Dundalk; two sisters, Annabelle Cyran and Thelma Cook, both of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Linthicum.

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