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Elayne Mae (Lawson) StewartAugust 29, 1934 ~ November 30, 2017 (age 83)
Elayne Mae Stewart was the first-born of the late Martin and Louise Lawson on August 29, 1934. Her journey began in Buckeystown, Frederick County, Maryland where the seeds of spiritual growth were first planted through church, Sunday school and vacation bible study. Elayne received her primary and secondary education in the public schools of Frederick County and Baltimore City where she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1952 and enrolled at Morgan State College.
Elayne later worked in various administrative positions and in 1968 began work at the IBM Corporation where she later retired as a Sr. Account Administrator. During her work years she spent time participating in community service activities including an appointment to the Foster Care Review Board, appointed by Governor Harry Hughes, serving four years. Elayne had a heart for the homeless and participated with various outreach programs to assist those less fortunate. She went on to complete a certification as a Crisis Interviewer where she could provide greater assistance. She felt strongly and would express “those who possessed some should share with those who possessed none.”
During her formative years, Elayne attended church in Frederick and after coming to Baltimore, she joined the Metropolitan U.M. Church where she accepted Christ in 1946. She was active in youth ministries including the choir. In 1968, she was baptized at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the ministry of Rev. Mark Riddix. As a member she would serve in several ministries including choir, always her favorite.
In 1986, Elayne would join the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore where she served in various ministries including Christmas Outreach, teaching new member’s classes and health and wellness ministry. She would later hear the Lord’s call on her life to preach the gospel and after completing discipleship and leadership trainings; she began formal ministry training at New Psalmist. While attending ministry training, Elayne earned a B.S. Degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore in 2002. She was recognized in Who’s Who among students and a nominee for the National Honor Society. Elayne moved to Atlanta, GA with her daughter Lois and son-in-law Richard. There she joined the Poplar Hill Baptist Church where she was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on November 4, 2007.
Reverend Elayne Mae Stewart leaves to cherish her memory and legacy: Four children Lois Hall, Kevin Stewart, Rev. Michelle Blagmond, and Deacon Mark Stewart; two daughters-in-law Deaconess Kimberly Stewart and Monica Stewart; two sons-in-law Richard Hall and Deacon Clifton Blagmond; five grandchildren Kyle, Lauren, Christopher, Olivia and Aryn; brother Martin Lawson, sister Betty Miller, nieces Sheila Jones and Kim Williams; nephew Steven Miller; a host of cousins; and close friends Barbara, Sue, Pat and Dorothy.
“SHE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, KEPT THE FAITH AND FINISHED HER COURSE”