EDNA MARIE STEWART (AKA "REEDY") was born on August 28, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late James Stewart and Naomi Louis Syas-Stewart. She was the fifth child of six children. Two siblings preceded her in death, Larry Stewart and Faye Stewart-Joiner.
In September 1978, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Marlon Rice. To this union was born one child, LaChanda NeKesha Rice. She later joined with life partner, Merdise Pittman, for 30 years, to whom DeAndre DeAngelo Stewart and Mario Lee Pittman, were born during their journey together. Her three children were the loves of her life.
She was educated in the St. Louis Public School Systems and later obtained her GED and furthered her education. Edna professed her faith in the Lord, as she was baptized at Faith United Assembly Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Edna later obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Argosy College. She then was baptized a second time as she grew closer to Christ and was called as a prayer warrior who loved the Lord.
Edna was a determined woman; she was strong and ambitious. She overcame many obstacles and was a true warrior at heart. Edna always expressed her love for God. In her private time, she kept a journal about scriptures, prayers, and inspirations, directly to God. Her passions were to help empower women and those with mental health illnesses. All she talked about was how she wanted to be used by God and for people to hear her testimony of victory. If you knew Edna, you knew her smile was contagious and infectious. She loved people and would do anything for anyone. Her spirit was kind, loving, gentle and free-hearted. She was a comedian who cracked jokes and could make anyone laugh. She was the life of the party. Edna traveled and lived in Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia for the last fourteen years of her life. For the past seven years, Edna was a dedicated Field Care Consultant at Behavior Health Link, which she loved. She devoted her time to her job even when she was sick, she still expressed love and care to her clients. As Edna's health began to change, she returned to her hometown in St. Louis, Missouri so that she could be close to her family and loved ones. She had inspirations to start her own business and write a book about her life's journey from her hometown.
Edna spent the last seven months of her life happy to be back home and surrounded by her family and long time friends. She was very compassionate and leaves behind her never ending love for her children and grandchildren, siblings and family. Edna was inspired by her children to keep reaching and obtaining higher no matter what. She held each of her children very dear and near to her heart. Their bond and relationship was inseparable. Edna fell in love with her grandchildren and great granddaughter, they brought her so much love and joy. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters, Sandra, Elizabeth, and Rene'. They traveled and shopped as they enjoyed sister's love.
Edna "Reedy" Marie Stewart answered her call from her heavenly Father. She made her peaceful transition to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 6, 2020. She was surrounded by love and her family as she made her peaceful transition.
She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, LaChanda Rice; two sons, DeAndre Stewart and Mario Pittman; six grandchildren, Rionna Marche James, JaChaun Marlon Moore, Ryiah Nache Hollins, Marley Lamont Pittman, Rhiland Macario Pittman, and Hannah Marie Stewart; one great granddaughter, Myicah LaRyiah Taylor; mother, Naomi Louise Syas-Stewart; four sisters, Sandra Ervin, Elizabeth (Eddie) Carter of Atlanta, Georgia, Norma Jean Stewart, and Sharon Stewart; three brothers, Michael Stewart, Tony (Syndey) Moore, and Mark Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She also leaves her best friend with whom she shared many memories with for over 40 years, Robin-Rene' Thomas and God-daughter, Rogenna Thomas, whom she also loved.
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