Barbara E. Stewart, 72, homemaker, painter

July 09, 2005

Barbara E. Stewart, a homemaker and painter, died of pulmonary failure Tuesday at her Rockdale home. She was 72.

Barbara E. Mills was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. After graduating from city public schools, she was married in 1951 to George Benson Stewart.

She lived with her husband, a career Marine Corps sergeant, in Hawaii and California before moving to Rockdale in the 1960s.

"She was a completely self-taught painter who worked in oils. She accepted commissions - portraits and landscapes. She could paint it all," said her daughter Cara Jan Vaile of Rockdale.

In addition to her artwork, Mrs. Stewart was an accomplished gourmet cook who enjoyed preparing Italian and German specialties and entertaining. She also liked collecting antique vases and jewelry.

There are no services.

In addition to her husband, a retired Maryland Cup Corp. salesman, and daughter, Mrs. Stewart is survived by two sons, George M. Stewart of Owings Mills and Thomas W. Stewart of Westminster; another daughter, Barbara Catherine Stewart of Rockdale; and eight grandchildren.

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