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Celebrating the life of
Elizabeth Stewart
November 06, 1941 - February 07, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

I am so very saddened to learn of Elizabeth's death. She was a dear friend of my brother, David Starnes, and was so kind to us at the time of his death. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

toni l. rose, Richmond Hill, GA

Heavy loss..She was a regular light in my younger years as advisor, confidant and all around benevolent personal rooting section. Savannah Onstage was an amazing organization as well and Elizabeth the beacon light at the top of it. She really exuded love like no one else and you could tell that behind her beauty was an epic human journey to be who she was and that she felt very grateful. She never allowed you to get away with being negative about much because she always saw the brighter side of life and made you better for it. It was an honor to have shared this life space with her and she truly did leave this world a better place.

Shannon Scott, Savannah, GA

Liz was a classmate a Agnes Scott. I truly enjoyed her friendship and her sweet, vivacious nature. Many blessings to all of you family members and friends.

Suellen Wheless Estes, Cumming, GA

What a great picture of Cousin (second once removed) Liz! She was full of energy and adventure and raised her sons in the same fashion, probably both nature and nurture. My heart goes out to the family and her friends. I know the March celebration will be wonderful. I hope many of the cousins can attend.

David Ogden, Seattle, WA

I went to college with Elizabeth and, as fate would have it, we both ended up on Tybee Island where I got to witness the woman she had grown into. One of the last times I saw her, I remember two things. She carried a kind of incandescence, and although I am not sure she comprehended who I was, when we hugged, she was totally present. Also, in one with so many accomplishments, it is easy for certain talents to get lost in the shuffle. She was a very fine photographer. I send condolences to the family. She was one of a kind.

Muriel Lindsay, Tybee Island, GA

Liz was my dear college friend. Living on the same hall for most of college , we shared the same college major and dated in the same fraternity. We shared many happy and sad times together. I visited in her home and she in mine both during college days and over the years. I am sad. I will always remember her smile, her calmness and her intellect. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Eve A. Earnest, Atlanta, GA

My sincere condolences to each member of Liz's family. She was my roommate in college so we go way back. My prayers are with each of you.

Martha Donnelly, Marietta, GA

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Elizabeth Stewart, a passionate member of the Savannah community and loving mother of three, passed away at the age of 77.

We hear much of “giving back,” which is a fine thing; for Elizabeth, however, the good she undertook wasn't done out of a sense of obligation, but of opportunity. And when she had such an opportunity, it was never one simply handed to her, but one she made.

Three examples come readily to hand. She essentially created Georgia’s first institutionalized program of assistance to victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system, as well as one of the first nonprofit centers for the resolution of conflict through professional mediation rather than litigation (The Mediation Center), and Savannah Onstage, which was the fully-formed nucleus of what we now know as the Savannah Music Festival, and which nurtured the American Traditions Vocal Competition. Of course such things are never done by one person acting alone, nor would she allow such a thing to be suggested; but in each case it can be said that Elizabeth was the prime mover, the driving force, and the one without whom it would not have been accomplished.

Elizabeth was a seeker of truth, with her quest taking her down numerous paths toward that one goal.  In addition to dedicating early years to study and activities in her churches, she became a practitioner of Buddhist Vipassana meditation, hatha yoga, yogic chanting, and the study of the yogic scriptures.  Her spiritual connection with the natural world was reflected in her attention to the moods of the marshes, campfires and bonfires, beach walks, and kayaking adventures. She was generous in opening her home (The House in the Pines) for retreats and workshops related to all of her interests.  When her illness made it impossible for her to participate in community activities, a devoted group of caregivers, neighbors, friends, and family gathered around her.

Elizabeth is survived by her three boys, Charles, Stewart and Peter Allen; her sister Margaret (Claude) and brother James (Beth); and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at her family home on a date to be announced in mid-March.

 

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I am so very saddened to learn of Elizabeth's death. She was a dear friend of my brother, David Starnes, and was so kind to us at the time of his death. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

toni l. rose, Richmond Hill, GA

Heavy loss..She was a regular light in my younger years as advisor, confidant and all around benevolent personal rooting section. Savannah Onstage was an amazing organization as well and Elizabeth the beacon light at the top of it. She really exuded love like no one else and you could tell that behind her beauty was an epic human journey to be who she was and that she felt very grateful. She never allowed you to get away with being negative about much because she always saw the brighter side of life and made you better for it. It was an honor to have shared this life space with her and she truly did leave this world a better place.

Shannon Scott, Savannah, GA

Liz was a classmate a Agnes Scott. I truly enjoyed her friendship and her sweet, vivacious nature. Many blessings to all of you family members and friends.

Suellen Wheless Estes, Cumming, GA

What a great picture of Cousin (second once removed) Liz! She was full of energy and adventure and raised her sons in the same fashion, probably both nature and nurture. My heart goes out to the family and her friends. I know the March celebration will be wonderful. I hope many of the cousins can attend.

David Ogden, Seattle, WA

I went to college with Elizabeth and, as fate would have it, we both ended up on Tybee Island where I got to witness the woman she had grown into. One of the last times I saw her, I remember two things. She carried a kind of incandescence, and although I am not sure she comprehended who I was, when we hugged, she was totally present. Also, in one with so many accomplishments, it is easy for certain talents to get lost in the shuffle. She was a very fine photographer. I send condolences to the family. She was one of a kind.

Muriel Lindsay, Tybee Island, GA

Liz was my dear college friend. Living on the same hall for most of college , we shared the same college major and dated in the same fraternity. We shared many happy and sad times together. I visited in her home and she in mine both during college days and over the years. I am sad. I will always remember her smile, her calmness and her intellect. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Eve A. Earnest, Atlanta, GA

My sincere condolences to each member of Liz's family. She was my roommate in college so we go way back. My prayers are with each of you.

Martha Donnelly, Marietta, GA


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