Nelda Jean Milliken Stewart died peacefully on July 16, 2017 in Round Rock TX. She was born September 30, 1925 in Lovelady, TX to Arthur Benjamin Milliken and Callie Hortense McCullar Milliken. Nelda grew up in Lovelady, graduating from Lovelady High School in 1942 and Abilene Christian University in 1945.
She taught school in Lovelady, Corpus Christi, and Dallas and also taught private piano lessons. Nelda was a Christian woman and a life-long member of the Church of Christ. Her life was an example of love, generosity, and service to others.
She met Byron Thomas Stewart in Corpus Christi in 1948 and they married on August 6, 1949. They moved to Dallas where they lived for the next 25 years. In 1975, Byron’s job took them to Longview, TX where they lived for over 35 years. During this time they were members of the Alpine Church of Christ.
When Nelda became unable to care for herself, she moved to The Cottages at Chandler Creek in Round Rock, TX. We are grateful to the staff there, all of whom showed unfailing diligence in caring for and loving her.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and sister, Caroline Faye Milliken. She is survived by her children David Arthur Stewart and wife Barbara of Burnet, TX; Mark Thomas Stewart and wife Suzanne of Austin, TX; Nelda Carolyn Lawrence and husband James of Tulsa, OK. Also surviving are grandchildren Eric Martin Alvarez of Davie, FL; Daniel Thomas Stewart and wife Eileen of Austin, TX; Gregory Edward Stewart and wife Anna of Murfreesboro, TN; David Jennings Stewart and wife Liz of Atascocita, TX; Adrienne Lawrence McKinney and husband Chris of Tulsa, OK; Austin Paul Lawrence and wife Katherine of Abilene, TX; Alec Stewart Lawrence and wife of Catie of Tulsa, OK. Also surviving her are 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Abilene Christian University Library or the charity of your choice.
“Well done thou good and faithful servant..”
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