Patsy Ann Taylor Stewart, age 83, died February 8, 2022, following a brief illness. Pat was born in Ruston, Louisiana on March 2, 1938, the only child of William Allen Taylor and Nancy Elaine Hogan Taylor. She grew up in Ruston and attended Ruston High School. For three years, she was proud to announce RHS news each Saturday morning on KRUS Radio. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Louisiana Tech University where she was homecoming queen and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. While at Tech, she met her future husband, Charles William “Buck” Stewart.
Pat followed Buck to Monroe, where he was a coach, teacher, and later a principal. Pat taught at Lexington Elementary School, Barkdull Faulk Elementary School, and Lee Junior High School. She received her Plus 30 and PIPS from Northeast Louisiana University.
As an educator, Pat believed that each student’s education should include academics, physical education, music, and art. The Guggenheim Museum’s program “Learning Through the Arts” gave Pat’s students an opportunity to create, participate, and display their work at the New York Museum. As a member of the Junior Charity League, Pat volunteered to teach music at the Cerebral Palsy School. Pat was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where she assisted with Wednesday Night Cooking Club and attended Bible Study. Belonging to Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for women educators, gave Pat an opportunity to keep abreast of community activities and her profession. A special memory was her weekly lunches with the “Three Pats” at the Chateau.
Pat never missed an opportunity to learn and to teach. She was known for her intellectual curiosity and tenacity. She liked to sing, dance, and all types of music. Through her study of the Bible, her faith deepened. She had a great appreciation of God’s gifts. She enjoyed fishing on the family pond where she felt the peace and calm of nature.
Pat’s children and grandchildren fondly called her “Honey.” They were her treasures. She left them a legacy of her love of God, family, and country.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Charles “Buck” Stewart; her parents, Elaine Hogan Taylor and William Allen “Dick” Taylor; and her grandson, Charles William “Will” Stewart, II.
Pat is survived by her daughter Holly Stewart Ratcliff (Doug), son William Buckley Stewart (Lynda); grandchildren Taylor Anne Ratcliff Alexander (David), William Buckley Stewart, Jr., and Charles Kinard Stewart; sister-in-law Billie Jo Whiteside; and nephews, Doug Kirklin (Penny) and Joel Kirklin (Dee).
Funeral services are under direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. R.B. Moore officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston, Louisiana. Pallbearers will be Dr. John Davis, Dr. Mike Davis, Dr. Joe Pankey, Buckley Stewart, Charley Stewart, Doug Ratcliff, and David Alexander.
Our family thanks their extended family, friends, Dr. Herschel Harter, Dr. Coy Gammage, and Dr. John Davis for their care and support during Pat’s illness. We express our appreciation to the staff of Oncology Associates of Monroe and St. Francis Hospital for their care, comfort, and encouragement.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials be sent to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.