Nina Freeda Stewart, 93, daughter of Walter Cleveland and Bessie Jane (Watson) Baker, was born Dec. 15, 1920, in Houston, Mo. She died January 30, 2014 in Houston, Mo.

Freeda attended Houston Schools for 12 years and graduated in 1938. She was editor of the Pineymo, was elected Pineymo Queen by the students and received the Covert Honor Award. She enjoyed the relationships of her classmates through the years.

She was married to James Oscar Stewart on Sept. 26, 1942. They had one daughter, Jane Nancy, born Dec. 9, 1946.

Freeda traveled extensively in the United States and abroad as an Army wife and enjoyed that time of her life. She, Jimmie and Jane lived in many of the states and the countries of Japan, Germany and France. When Jimmie retired from the Army, they returned to Houston, living the remainder of their lives here.

Freeda was employed by The Bank of Houston approximately 10 years.

Their daughter, Jane, lost her life in an auto accident in March 1968. She had graduated from Houston High School in 1964 and would have graduated from Southwest Missouri State in two months. She was also preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by two nephews, Roy Johnson and wife, Batil, of Kerrville, Texas, and Lee Holder and wife, Faye, of Branson, Mo.; one niece, Mary Frances Holden of Lancaster, Texas; also many great nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law; and many Stewart nieces and nephews.

Freeda became a member of the First Baptist Church at the age of 13 and remained a member until her death. She was active in Sunday School, teaching several Sunday School classes and teaching the kids in VBS. She was a faithful member of the Woman’s Missionary Society.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening and especially raising African Violets. She also enjoyed playing golf with her husband and friends, as long as her health permitted. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi for 48 years and formed many lifelong friendships during that time.

For the last few years she enjoyed having lunch at the Senior Center and playing Canasta, going to church and Sunday School.

Freeda was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. She was always friendly and had a wonderful smile. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Evans Funeral Home with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Maxwell, Ed Goldsmith, Keith Cantrell, Duane Sutton, Bill McGuire and Buck Wade. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be sent to


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