Dorothy May Stewart, 99, died Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kansas. She was born June 2, 1922, in Pittsburg, Kansas the daughter of McKinley & Esther Marie (Philo) DryBread.
Dorothy started school in Wayside, Kansas continuing at Rich Hill, Missouri until the 8th grade. She then attended and graduated from high school at Westport in Kansas City, Missouri. Dorothy then graduated from Junior college in Independence, then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Fort Hay State University. Dorothy started her teaching career in Montgomery County. She then taught in Haskell County, Sublette, and Jetmore, Kansas. From 1950 to 1961, she taught music in Kearny County, Kansas. Dorothy finished her career in 1962 after teaching in Garden City. After her retirement, she continued to work as a substitute teacher and she also worked for various sales agencies.
Dorothy was a member of the Lakin United Methodist Church and a former member of the Westport Methodist Church. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women and served on several committees. She served as a Sunday School teacher and sang in the church choir. Other memberships include the Read a Book Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Sandhill Arts Association. Dorothy enjoyed bowling, painting, and aerobics.
On May 20, 1951, she married Howard Miller Stewart in Lakin, Kansas. Howard died on September 1, 1990. Dorothy is also preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother Dora Davis DryBread; a stepson Robert Stewart; and two step-daughters Betty Hetzer and June Stewart.
Survivors include two granddaughters Diane Brown of Elkhart, Kansas and Susan Kern of Canyon, Texas; three great-grandchildren Savanna Davis, Valerie Johnson, & Stephanie Brown; and five great great-grandchildren Everly Davis, Max Davis, Zade Johnson, Koya Johnson, & Kira Johnson.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin, Kansas with Rev. Ivan Milosi officiating. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to the Lakin United Methodist Church or to High Plains Retirement Village both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Lakin, Kansas.