|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1931|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 2009|
She is My Nana.
Born in Boston on July 27, 1931, the doctors didn't expect her to live long. She had a reflux problem with her stomach. She needed to have surgery that only one hospital could do. That hospital is Children's Hospital in Boston, MA, who performed that surgery that saved her life. Originally baptized as Mary, she was renamed Elizabeth Ann at Mission Church in Roxbury after leaving the hospital. She was called Betty Ann throughout her youth; she disliked being called that. Later in life, she was called Betty.
She married my grandfather, Frank J. Baronie, at Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale in 1949.
They had eight children, Billy, Pat, Ann Marie, Janet, Frankie, Carol, John, and my mother, Diane, thirteen grandchildren, Katie, Billy, Jr., Nancy, Ricky, Nick, Elizabeth, Samantha, Kevin(me), Andrea, Tim, Jake, Jamie, and Dena, two step-grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer, and four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Sophie, Sophia, and Madison. Since her passing, four more great-grandchildren, Trey, Tedy, Ellie, and Ceci, have been born.
Betty died suddenly but peacefully at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, where she was being treated for Pneumonia. She was doing well up until the last day. She passed after being anointed and recieving Communion. It was so peaceful that it wasn't known for a while that she had died. She was surrounded by her husband, Frank, her five daughters, and two of her grandchildren. The doctor said that this helped her to die more peacefully than if it were in other circumstances. For this we are all very grateful.
Betty was the best Nana one could ever wish for. The sixteen years of my life I had with her were made extra special by her presence in almost every moment in my life. The way she pampered all of us, especially her thirteen grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, was only ONE of the MANY reasons why we loved her. She was kind, understanding, and she never took offense from us, even when it seemed like she should have. As Beth Kirke said in her eulogy, she was not one who bothered about people's flaws. Life without her on earth has been difficult to adjust to, and it sure has been different.
There was a large turnout at Betty's Wake, which was held at George F. Doherty and Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home in Dedham, Ma. Many people came to say goodbye and pay tribute to a remarkable woman.
Her Funeral Mass was said at Saint Mary's Church in Dedham, Ma., Her cousin-in-law,Beth Kirke, gave a remarkable eulogy covering all of the aspects of who Betty was. Her grandchildren, as well as a few of her cousins-in-law, were involved in the funeral as singers, pallbearers,and readers. It was the perfect way to celebrate a great life. Reportedly there was not a dry eye in the church at the end of the Funeral Mass.
She is now in Heaven, with her mother, her father, her two brothers, and all of her friends and family members who have gone to their rest before her.
Rest In Peace Nana! We love You VERY much!
William Dunbar Stewart (1905 - 1988)
Elizabeth Bernadette Dolan Stewart (1904 - 1993)
Robert D. Stewart (1927 - 2003)*
Elizabeth Ann Stewart Baronie (1931 - 2009)
Paul W. Stewart (1939 - 1992)*
Note: We just added Nana's maiden name to the headstone.
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Plot: St. James the Apostle 2D, grave 277
Created by: Kevin Miller
Record added: Jan 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32811358