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Valiere Stewart

Valiere Stewart, daughter of Floyd & Lela (Whitson) Creveling, was born June 11, 1918 on the family farm south of Ellston, Iowa. She lived most all of her life in this home, with the exception of a few years living within a 2 mile radius. Valiere graduated from Ellston High School in 1936. On August 12, 1936, in Clearfield, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Aden R. Stewart. To this marriage, five children were born.

Valiere always kept busy. She loved to garden and raised a big crop of food to help feed the family. She was always sewing and she made quilts for nearly every member of her family. Much love and planning went into these quilts and many told stories of the lives of the recipients. Valiere loved flowers and she would protect her gardens and flowers from snakes and other varmints! Valiere was a very good cook and her home was always a place of good food. Many recall that it was biscuits and gravy for breakfast and fried cabbage for lunch. She loved her family and there was always more than enough room in her house for people to eat and stay over. Hunting season was filled with many good memories at her home.

Valiere also cooked at restaurants in Mount Ayr and Ellston. Valiere was considered the "God-mother" of the family. She commanded respect and modeled love. Memories of farm life including dressing chickens, raising hogs and on one occasion making sorghum, will be forever shared.

In 2002, Valiere moved to Avery, Iowa and lived the remaining years of her life in the Albia area. Valiere passed away on January 6, 2015 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Aden on November 28, 1995; daughters Madilene in infancy and Verlea Lantz on September 18, 2014; her sister Ailiene Richards and her brother Lee Creveling.

Those left to cherish her memory include her three sons Dean Stewart & wife Jeanne of Burlington, IA, David Stewart & wife Sheila of Winterset, IA, and Dale Stewart & wife Lorrie of Thayer, IA, son-in-law Bill Lantz of Burlington, IA; grandchildren include Denise Nelson, Tanya Shanstrom, Cherri James, Michael Stewart, Mark Stewart, McKenzie Noard, Mitchell Stewart, Andrea Stewart, Becky Snyder, Jonathon Stewart, Nathan Rigsby, Cody Courtney, and Amanda Atkins; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Donella Creveling of Ellston, IA and Ruth Egly of Mount Ayr; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established for the Alzheimer's Founation.

  • Open Viewing

    January 09, 2015
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    January 10, 2015
    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

    United Methodist Church

    Ellston, IA

  • Life Celebration

    January 10, 2015
    10:30 AM

    United Methodist Church

    Ellston, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday January 10 2015

    Ellston Cemetery

    Ellston, IA

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I am very sad for your loss. My great grandmother Edna Whitson Rex was Lela''s sister. I am wondering if someone would be willing to contact me to help us identify some pictures we have from Lela and Edna''s family. Please email me if someone would be willing. Thank you. Sincerely,

Allison Thompson (Loeffler)

Posted by Allison Thompson - Novi, MI - Family   February 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry we were not in Iowa to attend the service for Valiere. When I was
young, it was only a short walk from my grandfather''s house down to visit
the Stewarts and there was always something to eat there as well as fun
things to do. The Creveling reunions were a big part of my growing
up years and Valiere never missed them and made sure she visited with everyone. To her, I was always ''Donna Kay'' even into my older years. I will remember her laugh and cherish the fond memories of mom''s cousin, Valiere.
Love and sympathy to the family, Donna (Hosfield) Shields

Posted by Raymond & Donna (Hosfield) Shields - Diagonal, IA   January 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I will always cherish the many times of taking care of ornery ole Valiere during her stays at Monroe County Hospital. Her sense of humor along with her quick wit not matter what state of mind she is in, was always a good belly laugh! RIP Miss Valiere. You will be greatly missed!! My condolences to the family. Lots of love!!

Posted by Karey Brandon - Albia, IA - Friend   January 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Grandma Stewart was a nice lady and I enjoyed my time with her! Sorry for her passing but she is in a better place.

Posted by Julie Chubb - Burlington, IA - Friend   January 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

your grandma was a very cool person she made me laugh when she sang when I would watch her at Dee & Glenn I will miss grandma. Tami Norton

Posted by Tami Norton - Burlington, IA   January 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Valiere was a very special lady. She could really cook. I had several meals there and loved them all. I also remember her sense of humor.. She could be just a bot ornery. Peace and Prayers for the family.

Posted by Linda (Nichols) Burton - Lamoni, IA - friend   January 08, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

You have been a major influence on me since the day I was born. from summers at the farm having fun. breaking mom''s rules with your permission (mom said to do what grandma said to do) AKA the Motorcycle. your famous cooking and teaching us all how to cook. your go get-em attitude. your sassy attitude. I remember when you and grandpa ran the club house and you grabbed a drunk''s shirt collar and tossed him right out of the place. that was scary and funny all at the same time. Helping with the dairy cows and milking was always fun. your funny sayings "Well hello, I haven''t seen you in a coons age and the coon died." "i love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck". the memories of helping take care of you in your declining years was a honor and a privilege. You are in heaven with everyone you loved and missed dearly an talked about on a daily basis. just as we will miss you. love you to the moon and back. Fly with the angels sweet loving grandma. Love Dee, Glenn and your best Buddies AKA the dogs.

Posted by Glenn and Dee Nelson - Burlington, IA - granddaughter-grandson-in-law   January 08, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Valiere. She was always so good to me
when I would visit her, Aden and family as a child. Please know that our family is keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I am sorry I will be unable to attend the service.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Billie and Family

Posted by Billie    January 08, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Valiere''s passing. She was an awesome lady and have lots of memories being with them on the farm. Everyone was always welcomed with open arms, fed, and treated like family. She lived her remaining life in Avery and Burlington Iowa where her grandaughters and family took care of her. She loved them very much. Even with memory loss she remained a loving, fiesty lady until the end. It was a privelege to be part of her life. Remembering my times of her hiring me to iron clothes for her to give me some spending money. good times....

Posted by Curt and Sue Jones - Ellston, IA - family friend   January 08, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM