Mary Louise Stewart
October 23, 1949 ~ July 3, 2013
Mary Louise Stewart has gone home to her Father at the age of 63. She had resided in Wenatchee since she moved there in 1984. She passed away at Central Washington Hospital due to complications of a bowel obstruction on July 3, 2013. Mary was born in Powell, WY, on October 23, 1949, to Ward Wright Marchant and Lizzie LaVerl Nicholls. She grew up in Cowley. She lived there until she moved to Yakima to marry Marshall John Stewart in 1972. That was just the first of several moves she would make while her husband was alive. They moved around between Yakima, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Southern California during their life together. She got to where she would always leave a box or two in the closet because, just as soon as she would get everything unpacked, they would pick up and move again. They even lived in a school bus for a time to make it easier to move from place to place! Marshall died in 1984 in California and, from there, she packed up that school bus with her children and all her belongings and drove herself to Wenatchee, where she’d been living ever since. Miss Mary tended bar at the Lighthouse in 1985, and was the owner and operator of Hoss’s Little Brick Cafe; from 1986 to 1994. She was the best cook there ever was. She had the talent and skill to become a fine chef, but preferred to just cook stick-to-your-ribs, finger lickin’ good food - the way only she knew how. She could make something out of nothing and you’d ask her for the recipe, it’d be so good. She was the very definition of a seamstress, could crochet like nobody’s business, loved to fish, and could shoot a .22 rifle better than any man you’ve ever met. Put a challenge in front of her and she would face it head on and win. She was a force to be reckoned with and good lookin’ to boot! She spent her later years just lovin’ on her grandbabies. Mary Lou was the most “mothery” mother ever. She canned and baked and could heal you up without ever taking you to the doctor. One of her warm embraces or kind little pats could heal up almost any hurt. She even mothered all our friends. She was a very, very special woman and her passing has definitely left a void in our world. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone as magical as our mother ever again. She will be greatly missed by many.
Mary is survived by her children, Carla, Heather, Zac, and Lillian (Scottie); her grandchildren, Cody, Miles, Candace, Naketa, Maria, Marshall, Makayla, Anthony, Kaitlyn, Areli, and Marlene; and her sisters, Joy, Lou, Ruth, and Dee. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Bobby, in 1988; as well as her older siblings.
We will be celebrating Mary’s life on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home. Friends are welcome and encouraged to join us. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at
jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.