Obituary: Margaret Stewart Hill

1921

Margaret Stewart Hill, of Benton, LA, passed away in Bossier City, LA. Visitation will be held at Forest Park Funeral Home at 1201 Louisiana Ave, Shreveport LA 71101 at 6-8 pm December 11th. Service will be Saturday December 12th at 11 am. Brother Robert Beadle of First Baptist Benton will be officiating. Burial will follow at Law’s Chapel Cemetery in Atlanta, TX at 2:00 pm. Margaret was a member of First Baptist Church of Benton, LA. She knew the Lord as her Savior and is now spending eternity in a new, wondrous and fully whole new body with Christ and all her friends and family who proceeded her. Margaret was born in Atlanta, TX October 28, 1935 to Herbert and Dillie Groves of Atlanta, TX, 9 other siblings, son Douglas Stewart of Bossier City, LA. She is survived by her husband Charles Walter Hill of Benton, LA. She is also survived by sons Garry Carl Stewart and Grace Smith of Bossier City, LA, Jeffrey Rolan Stewart and wife Donna of Brighton, CO and Steven Edward Stewart and wife Susan of Bossier City, LA. She has 8 grandchildren; Angela Calvin and Robbie Stewart, Galen, Dustin and Cody Stewart, Jordan Wagner, Mary Margaret Stewart (whom is her namesake) and Jonathan Wagner. Margaret graduated from Atlanta High School in 1953. From there she met and married Carl Stewart who was a cook in the Army at the time who retired at the rank of Staff Sergeant. She began a career as a mother raising 4 boys, Garry, Doug (deceased), Jeff and Steve. She later took in 2 more boys and a girl from her brother-in-law to raise. So in effect she was raising 6 boys and a girl at one time. Oh and did I forget to add she worked 11-7 as a LPN at Willis Knighton North. This sweet lady had an amazing amount of love and energy for her family. She continued in her nursing profession for the next 20+ years until her retirement at which time she moved to Benton, LA. It was around 1984 she would meet Walter Charles Hill, her present husband. Of course little did she know this at the time, she began taking on the job of driving Walter around as he was blinded in an industrial accident years ago at Haliburton Corp. She would drive him down to Sailes Hunting Club where Walter was a member for many years. At the tender age of 48 she picked up a gun for the first time and went hunting with one of the guys down at the club and shot her first deer. That was it! She was hooked. Over the next 30 years the deer she slayed were too numerous to count. Many years she would out hunt most of the men in the club. She loved to rib them about that. She rode her ATV all over the woods yearlong getting ready for those 2 months a year where she could be turned loose to get her limit of deer. Age and rheumatoid arthritis along with 2 knee replacements and osteoarthritis finally caught up with her and on her birthday (opening day) she shot her last deer. A big beautiful 8 pt! What a way to have a last hunt. During the last years of her hunting we had to buy her a ground stand because she was determined at the young age of 77 she was STILL going to climb a deer stand. No mom you can’t climb tree stands anymore but you can still hunt from a ground blind. Margaret lived a long and happy prosperous life filled with love from her boys and everyone she came in contact with. If you never had the chance to meet this sweet lady…you truly missed one of live riches. Special thanks to Jay Harrison, Margaret and Walter’s neighbor from across the street who was always there for anything they needed, drove them on errands, brought them fresh produce from his garden and would take Walter on hunting and fishing trips. She always said everyone should have a neighbor like Jay Harrison. Also, special thanks goes to her special hunting buddy Joe Burkhalter. Joe was Margaret’s “adopted” son and loved her like his own mother. The bond they had as friends…mother/adopted son was one to be modeled by. She always said Joe was a down to earth, special kind of person and they will both dearly miss each other. Pallbearers will be Jeff Stewart, Robbie Stewart, Richard Calvin, Jonathan Wagner and Joe Burkhalter. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of Sailes Hunting Club.