Barbra DeForrest Stewart of Colonial Beach, Virginia, died Jan. 1, 2019, at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Born May 17, 1949, in Huntingdon, she was the oldest child of the late Donald and Helen DeForrest.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by three daughters, Shannon Sale and husband, Lowell, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Erin Bourgeois and husband, Jeaux, of Destin, Florida, and Megan Lucia and husband, Frank, of Ruther Glen, Virginia. She was known as a devoted “mema” to Catherine, Emily, Nick, Ryan, Anthony, Annalise and Mallie.
In addition to her children, she is survived by her brother, Jack DeForrest and sister-in-law Anne DeForrest of Wycombe, Pennsylvania, sister-in-law, Kathy DeForrest of Huntingdon and many other dearly loved family members in the Huntingdon area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tim Stewart, her parents, and her brothers, Jimmy and George DeForrest.
While attending Huntingdon Area High School, Barbra was active in sports and was crowned homecoming queen.
She and her companion of 29 years, Malcolm Culley, eventually settled in bucolic Colonial Beach, Virginia. Together they traveled, gardened, arranged countless fine feasts, doted on the grandchildren and enjoyed Sunday drives and picnics on the beach.
Mrs. Stewart’s family will remember her wry sense of humor and as a player of practical jokes, a master of word games, a writer of poetry and a lover of music. She maintained a spiritual connection with nature and frequently called family to share her “nature moments.” Even from her hospital bed, she recognized the beauty in the birds perched in a tree outside of her window.
A piece of Mrs. Stewart’s heart never left Huntingdon. When the weather warms, the family will gather in Huntingdon and remember a life well-lived of Barbra DeForrest Stewart.