Marie L.F. Stewart, 81

Teacher and farmer

November 22, 2006

Marie L.F. Stewart, a former teacher and farmer, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at her farm in Phoenix, Baltimore County. She was 81.

She was born and raised Marie Lillian Foulkes in Orange, N.J., and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1947.

In the late 1940s, Mrs. Stewart was a kindergarten teacher in Baltimore County public schools and during the 1970s was a substitute teacher in elementary grades at Friends School.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Stewart lived at Phoenix Farm, where in the early days she raised sheep and then horses.

As a single mother, she taught her two daughters and their many friends horseback riding and enjoyed introducing them to the realities of farm life, family members said.

For more than 20 years, Mrs. Stewart staged elaborate Easter and Halloween parties on her farm, where she constructed haunted houses and obstacle courses for children to race through. At Easter, she hid dyed eggs throughout the grounds of the 17-acre property.

Her marriages to Paige Chesser and Hyland Price Stewart III, founder of Stewart Directories Inc., ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road.

Surviving are two daughters, Perry Baldwin Stewart and Wendy Price Stewart, both of Phoenix, and a grandson.

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