Monday, September 15, 2014

Dad's Eulogy

The rock of our family, Wallace Ted Eyre Stewart, passed away on August 30, 2014.

Dad was born on July 19, 1938 in Salt Lake City to Theodore Alonzo Stewart and Callie Drewery (Eyre) Stewart.

Dad's family lived in Salt Lake City for his first five years; his parents then moved the family to a farm in the Crescent, Sandy area.  Thereafter, farming always remained an important part  of Dad's life.

When Dad was nine-years-old, his family relocated to St. George.  Dad had many fond memories of the Utah desert.

The family moved back to the Wasatch Front in Dad's teenage years.  They bought a huge farm at the point of the mountain.  Dad was then old enough to work alongside his father and brother on the farm.  It was grueling labor.

Wally's life was forever changed when he met Dixie Richmond at a frost stop near Provo.  Less than a year after meeting for the first time, the couple married on June 2, 1958 in the Salt Lake temple.

Wally and Dixie made their home in Draper where they raised their family.

Dad was no stranger to hard work.  He worked two, sometimes three jobs to support his large family.

Dad worked at the Utah State Prison for thirty-two years.  His tireless work ethic earned him the respect of both coworkers and inmates.

Dad had a burning testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He fervently shared this testimony with his children, friends and ward members.

Dad willingly served in a variety of church callings.  He especially enjoyed his time in the Jordan River and Draper temple baptistries.  He was a dedicated home teacher.

Dad was an avid reader of church history and U.S. presidents.  He was a fan of old westerns, John Wayne, Abbott & Costello movies, Marty Robbins music and John Deere tractors.

Dad was heartbroken to lose Mom on September 22, 2001.  He was grateful for the love and support of his children.

Dad married Celestia Whitehead on August 11, 2006.  She was a loving and caring companion.  Together they experienced Dad's first time seeing the ocean; they enjoyed traveling to Celestia's daughter's farm in Washington State.

Dad is preceded in death by his eternal companion (Dixie Ann Richmond Stewart); his daughter (Susan); his son (Benjamin); and his parents (Callie and Theodore).

He is survived by his wife (Celestia), six children:  Mark (Cindy) Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Julie (Mitchell) Hirschi, Tina (Michael) McCafferty, Charity (Blake) Clark and Rebecca (Darron) Allen, 16 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and his brother Dale (Janet) Stewart.

Special "Heart" felt thank you to all the doctors and nurses at IMC Heart and Lung Center for your compassionate and professional care of Dad.

Dad, we cry over our loss, but smile over the joyous reunions taking place.  Give Mom a big hug and kiss from all of us!.

*This was the original obituary I wrote for the newspaper.  Unfortunately, this was not the one used in the paper.  I was over ruled.  I like this one better!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scheels

Apparently Scheels is a fun place for kids.   It is so much more than a sports store.  Eric and Syd had gone a few times with grandma and grandpa.  For the longest time, they wanted to go back.  When Jordan was in Utah, we went to Scheels so they could ride the ferris wheel.



The ferris wheel is a hot spot.  We waited half an hour to get on it. 




Suze didn't come with us.  Jordan actually exhausted her with all of our adventures.  Suze stayed home and had some Ipod time.





Eric planted himself right next to Abe Lincoln.  Sydney thought it was way too hot!



 

Kind of weird that a sports store had all these historical figures, but whatever!



They really do love each other!


Behold, the great grizzly bear!











Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum-NO More




There are certain activities we do every year when Jordan comes to Utah; the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum is one of these activitives.

 

We were a half hour into our discovering at the museum when Jordan gave me a funny look.  I knew exactly what that look meant.




Frankly, I am surprised it took her this long to give me that look.  I replied to her, "You are too grown up for this place, aren't you?" Jordan replied in the affirmatvie.



Once it was fun for Jordan to climb the rock wall, shop in the supermarket and gallop on the horse.  Let's face it, she is a teenager and has moved beyond the children's museum.





And so while Syd enjoyed the museum, Jordan quietly endured the few hours that we were there.  She played with her little cousin and let me take her picture.






This is so Eric on the horse, intense and in a different world.  I am sure he is pursuing a monster creature.


Jordan posed one last time on the horse.  You can tell that she is clearly done with it.


Sydney made sure Sage was looking at the camera before I snapped the photo.  She is addicted to American Girl Dolls.




If I am honest, I am not very disappointed about the era of the children's museum coming to an end.  I was always torn about it anyway.


I always liked the first floor of this museum, but once you go to the second floor, things take a nose dive.






At least there were plenty of photo ops. 




On to bigger, better (and most likely)  more expensive venues.