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STEWART, Deborah Jan

STEWART, Deborah Jan

December 18, 1952 - May 28, 2018

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our cherished mother, nana, daughter, sister, aunt and dear friend, Deborah Jan Stewart. Her 10-month journey with stage 4 cancer came to an end at Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, BC with loved ones by her side.

Survived by her loving family: daughters Callie Mitchell (Tyler) and Carmen Gee (Devin) grandsons Blaize, Cruz, Jagger and Nixon, mother Helen Stewart, siblings Jim Stewart (Trish) and Kate Horner (Brent), nieces Brett and Lindsay, nephews Nate, Wyatt, Kirt and their families, her beloved dog Maggie, fierce feline, Peaches, and many close friends. Predeceased by her stillborn son, and her father, James Stewart.

Blythe, California born, vivacious free spirit, Deborah was artistic and inspiring: a colourful wild woman filled with compassion and kindness. She moved to the Okanagan with her family in 1960, and though life took her many other places throughout the years, she always came back to the valley she called home.

A skier, yogi, softball and soccer player, cheerleader, advanced open water diver, and choir singer in her younger years, she was naturally athletic and a true appreciator and lover of good music and live concerts.

After graduating from Rutland in 1970 and attending UBC for theatre and psychology, she later moved on to graduate from and teach at Vancouver Film School. A true multimedia maven, she was immensely and impressively creative and innovative. Always indulging in literature, Deborah was an avid reader. She was admirably dedicated to self care, and was deeply immersed in the Choices community, attending and coaching numerous seminars.

Able to take on any opportunity that came her way, she was a quick learner, full of passion, intelligence and eloquence. Her authentic and accepting nature made her someone that everyone loved to be around: an infectious soul. She was generous and giving, a devoted blood donor for over 40 years.

Deborah had an astounding appetite for travel, always seeking new experiences and beauty everywhere she went. She adored the Hawaiian islands and loved to be around, in, on and under the water as it brought her great peace.

She had an electric sense of humour, an abundance of wit and her laugh was contagious. We will never stop hearing it; we will never stop loving her. Physically gone, but her energy lives on. Forever remembered.

A Celebration of Life will be held August 11, 2017 at Benvoulin Heritage Park at 2:00 PM.

Condolence Messages
  • Jul 08, 2018
    Dear Stewart family! I am so very sorry about Deb...you were our neighbours out on the farm in Ellison....Deb was such a fun friend, always helpful and fun to be around. I will never forget our trip to Kamloops many years ago...you graciously invited me along for a weekend. I am truly sorry for your loss, I have happy memories of your whole family!
    Linda Pestes (nee Buchenauer)
  • Jul 01, 2018
    Helen, Jim B, Kate, and families. We are so saddened by your loss. Our deepest hesrtfelt condolences to all. So many memories of years gone by. In our hearts and thoughts. Luv to all Gerry and Elaine Kopetski
  • Jun 28, 2018
    Deepest condolences to all of the family. Deborah was an amazing and strong woman. She will be truly missed. May you rest in peace Deb.
    Katherine Balser
  • Jun 28, 2018
    I am sorry to learn of Deb's passing. We attended Mrs. Podwin's class at Central Elementary School many years ago and had a lot of fun together. I remember spending time out at the ranch and even riding one of the horses. From reading the announcement it is obvious that Deb turned into a wonderful and vibrant woman. I recognized Deb's mom a few years ago at an Ellison School open house and had a brief chat. My condolences to the family.
    Gail Glasscock (nee Cmolik)
  • Jun 27, 2018
    So very unique, vibrant, kind hearted, adorable, an eternal optimist, true to herself, always interesting, and interested and constantly expanding her knowledge in all things, the best sense of humour, that incredible, infectious laugh I will always remember and will smile when I do ... she was everything I admired and wished I could be more like and emulate, and so loving, proud and devoted to her beautiful daughters and grandkids. Deb was an amazing, lovely spirit, inside and out, and she has been taken far, far too soon. Words are never enough but my heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to all of her beloved family and also to the amazing dear friends she left behind.
    Cindy Preston
  • Jun 26, 2018
    It is with great sorrow I extend my deepest condolence to the Stewart family at this most difficult time. Hugs, Diane Rieger-Syrnyk
  • Jun 26, 2018
    My deepest condolences to all the family at this difficult time. There are never any words that really help when you lose a special person in your life. Celebrate Debs life every day, cherish every memory, live, love and laugh every day as that is what she would want you to do. We will all miss you my friend. Hugs. Barb Carpenter
  • Jun 26, 2018
    My dear and true friend, whom I loved with all my heart, is gone from our physical presence but her spirit will live on in our hearts and souls. I have such special memories of this very special human being, from our work environment, our home that we shared , our travels to Hawaii, and all the fun and amazing times we shared. I will never forget her smile and her laughter, her tears, her hugs, her positive attitude even when she knew her illness was terminal. I miss her so much. My deepest condolences to Callie and Carmen and the boys, to Helen, Jim, Kate and their families. I have so many memories that include you all as well. Deb was the best of the best, She will be forever in all of our hearts. Much love to you all in this time of sorrow.
    Deanna and Rick
  • Jun 26, 2018
    Rest in Peace Deb. You will be missed. We had a lot of fun times from working at Tymchuk Brown 40 years ago to having a chuckle at hospice and everything in between. You were such a special lady.
    To the Stewart family, Helen, Jim & family, Katie & family, my deepest condolences. To Callie & Carmen and kids, your mom loved you so much, treasure all the great memories.
    Love you all,
    Susan Johal