BOSSIER CITY – Edris Methvin Dickson Stewart, 85, of Bossier City, LA born October 14, 1927 in Red River Parish passed away September 22, 2013 after a long battle with cancer and complications from pneumonia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark Price Methvin and Lorena Simmons Methvin Withers, her brother Billy Roy Methvin, her husband, Earl G. Stewart and her aunt and best friend, Nell Riddle.
Mama Stewart (MiMi) as she was known to all the special children in her life, is survived by her daughter Donna Dickson Courtney and husband, Jim of Shreveport, LA, two sons, Bill Dickson and wife, Judy of Grand Cane, LA, and Danny Stewart and wife Robin of Hazelgreen, AL; seven grandchildren, Alyson Courtney and Husband Wess Moore of Little Rock, AR, Lyndsey Chandler and husband Steve of Bossier City, LA, Brooke Bickley and husband Doug of Baton Rouge, LA, Crystal Thompson and husband Brian of Grand Cane, LA, Dylan Dickson and wife Amber of Grand Cane, LA and Will and Daniel Stewart of Hazelgreen, AL; three step-grandchildren Krystal Barnette, Justin and Drew Davis; eight great-grandchildren, Grace Baugmann and Emma Gronwald, Brooklyn and Berkeley Courtney-Moore, Crew, Cannon and Court Chandler and Bella Jay Bickley.
Edris loved and was loved by so many including her nieces Shirley Francis and Pam Keener who regularly celebrated life with her, special neighbors and friends, Lisa Cranford Jones, Sandy Baker Brock, Anita Jones, Mary Jo Cassel and Michelle Hollowell.
Her son, Danny, called his mom the “poorest princess” he’d ever met. She believed it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Edris was always smiling. She was fun and funny, faithful and loving, interesting and beautiful. She loved music, reading and drinking coffee with friends and instead of knitting or spending hours in a kitchen like a lot of grandmothers, MiMi loved playing video games and watching sports on TV. She was a really cool grandmother who enjoyed nothing more than bragging on her kids and grandkids.
Edris taught business classes around the state of Louisiana before turning her passion for taking care of children into a home day care. That’s when she became “mom” to dozens of other children that she kept in contact with up until her death. She was a longtime member of Waller Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school president until her health began to decline.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Pastor Thomas Patton of Cypress Baptist Church, the outstanding nurses and staff at Cornerstone Hospital and WK Cancer Center, Dr. Kennedy Lim, Dr. Michael Moore, Dr. Attila Baloghs, Dr. Gerry San Pedro and Dr. G. Michael Haynie.
In hopes of helping others, Edris selflessly chose to donate her body to LSU Medical School. The family held a private celebration to honor her life.
It is the family’s wishes that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to Waller Baptist Church, 456 Waller Ave., Bossier City, LA 71112.
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”