Fred & Betty  Stewart

Fred & Betty Stewart

Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Fred Stewart, 84, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019. Betty (Frye) Stewart, 78, passed away about 6 ½ hours later Friday, May 24, 2019. They were both from Independence. A private burial will take place at Mound Grove Cemetery. A celebration of their love will be held at 5pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Heart of God, 3720 N. Buckner-Tarsney Rd, Buckner, MO, 64016. The family will greet guests starting at 3pm until service time.

Fred was born on August 9, 1934 and Betty was born on November 7, 1940. They met at a young age, fell deeply in love and were married on February 6, 1959 in Buckner, MO. They quickly started a family; Fred was a farmer and Betty took care of the children and home. They were inseparable and each other’s worlds. When Fred became a Pastor at their church, Betty would help write his sermons. They spent the rest of their lives serving the Lord and their community. They loved to travel, ride dirt bikes, and visit Colorado. Fred always took care of Betty even as his own health declined. They ended up at Villages of Jackson Creek together, in the same room, where they passed within hours of each other. Their souls were connected on earth and are now once again in Heaven.

They will be remembered by their children Julie Pearson and husband Rick of Independence, MO, Karen Schumacher and husband Bobby of Independence, MO, Brent Stewart and wife Jill of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren Troy Pearson (Kendra), Kurt Pearson (Jenny), Bruce Schumacher (Lisa), Stephanie Kirk (Aaron), Ryan Pearson, Blake Pearson, Natalie Pearson, Cameron Stewart, Parker Stewart, Grayson Stewart; plus several great and great-great-grandchildren; Betty’s siblings; and other extended family.

They were preceded in death by their son Bart Stewart, and granddaughter LaShelle Pearson.

(Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Heart of God Fellowship Church
    3720 North Buckner Tarsney Rd
    Buckner, MO 64016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 5:00pm
    Heart of God Fellowship Church
    3720 North Buckner Tarsney Rd
    Buckner, MO 64016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Bob Kaps
  • Interment

    Mound Grove Cemetery
    1818 North River Boulevard
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Private Condolence

Rick Burns

Posted at 05:19pm
To Betty and Fred along with Julie and Karen,

I am so thankful that we were able to visit you briefly in July 2016 because my last visit before then was decades earlier in 1982. It was such a joy to see all of you as we shared memories in those brief hours of the late afternoon through the early evening followed by even shorter visits with Julie and Karen. To Julie and Karen, because I knew you best going back to the 1960's when you were very young girls, your mom was my mother's favorite niece because Betty was her first baby niece just as she was transitioning into her mid-teenage years. While at the house both your mom and dad mentioned how special Aunt Helen was to them. And now my mother is 92 and suffering with dementia. Once again I am reminded of the brevity of life and our time on this earth is like a vapor. So many wonderful memories to share that day and all those lost years between our visits evaporated instantly. I will ever remember them in the years I have remaining and best of all I look forward to seeing them again in eternity.

Next I want to share a photo I have, just because it made me laugh upon seeing it. To set the stage, because I was at their home in 2016 I decided to try to retrace my traveling path to find their property back about February of this year. This was about the time that I got news that their health was declining rapidly. Using Google Street View I was virtually driving down their steet looking for their house...and there was a picture of Betty out front by the mailboxes digging up weeds at the base of the utility pole. Not once does she seem to look up to see the passing Google Street View car. It struck me as a special surprise and funny that she never looked up and maybe realized a picture of her went worldwide on Google Street View. To the family I cropped this image just wide enough so that you see the Google watermark and you can confirm that yes it looks like the house and driveway. If anyone else cares to see this image on line, go to their address on Google Street View but as of this date you are unlikely to see the image of her behind the mailboxes because the image was most recently updated in MAR 2019. Proceed by finding the clock in the upper left address box, click it and move the slider bar to "Sreet View - Sep 2012 (all the way left to 2008)" then click the viewing magnifier glass and you will get the pleasure of "Traveling back in time with Google Street View" to see Betty again.

Love and condolences to all my Missouri Frye family from Western Washington!

Rick & Robbi Burns along with Aunt Helen Burns

Debbie Rinacke Breeding

Posted at 02:43pm
I have so many good memories of Fred & Betty growing up. One thing I heard from Betty every time I seen her was one of the events when I was “babysitting” for them. We heard something outside & it must have been them getting home. But we all got in a closet & I was standing in the front with a knife acting like I was going to protect them!!! She really liked telling that story! Tons of memories of going camping & riding bikes with them. They are an awesome couple. Julie, Karen, & Brent I am sending prayers & love for y’all’s huge loss. It’s so hard to believe both of them gone.

Elizabeth Taylor Willbanks

Posted at 11:29am
My heart goes out to you Julie, Karen & Brent & families! I've known your parents since I was about 13, both thru family & church. Sending big hugs, thoughts, and prayers for comfort!

Elizabeth Taylor Willbanks aka Beth

Clint Uptegrove

Posted at 09:06am
I remember one trip to Chadwick when Harry Sr decided to disassemble Fred's motorcycle. And Harry Jr and a few others snuck out and put Fred's bike back together and took Harry's bike apart needless to say Harry was very surprised lol.

Debbie Rinacke Breeding Posted at 02:30pm

Was it Fred’s bike that ended up having parts of it in the trees?

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