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Celebrating the life of

Margaret "Brenda" Stewart

October 30, 1944 - April 12, 2024



Margaret “Brenda” Stewart, affectionally known as Nana, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on April 12, 2024 of natural causes.  Her final moments were spent surrounded by family and prayer.

Born on October 30, 1944, Brenda was known for her caring and selfless nature.   A lifelong resident of Savannah Georgia and a graduate of St Vincent’s Academy, Brenda worked at the Southern Bell phone company and then moved on to a position teaching preschool, which she genuinely loved and then retired to care for her family and grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Brenda was known for her generosity to her family and friends. Her door was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay. She was a devoted Catholic and matriarch who cherished her role as wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin, confidant, and friend.  She was proud of her Irish heritage, loved music, dancing and family gatherings.  Her zest for life and kindness will continue to live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate to know her. 

Brenda is survived by her loving husband Colin Eugene Stewart Jr. (Sonny) with whom she was married for 61 years, her children Colin “Gene” Eugene Stewart III (Shannon) and daughter Angela “Angie” Stewart Goka (Darin) as well as her grandchildren Madison Stevenson (Neal), Morgan McGinty (Gary), Maliyah Goka and Colton Goka, great grandchildren Brandt Stevenson, Evelyn McGinty, McClain Stevenson and Louise McGinty, her siblings Anne Kelly, Chuck Courtenay (Vickie), Maureen O’Brien (Tom), Helen Selman (Scott), Kathleen Hall (Buddy), Cecilia Lenahan, Leslie Singer (Benton), Moira Sherrill (Jackson), her first best friend and cousin Sister Susan Harms, devoted niece Julie Kelly who faithfully loved and cared for Brenda along with many precious cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and beloved dog Teddy. Preceded in death by her father Charles Courtenay, mother Margaret Courtenay, stepmother Cecilia Courtenay and her sister Nancy Collins.

A visitation will be held at Fox and Weeks 7200 Hodgson Memorial Dr Savannah GA 31406, Monday April 15, 2024 5:00p.m. -7:00p.m. with rosary beginning at 6:30p.m. A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be Tuesday April 16, 2024 at 11:00 am Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial immediately following.  

The Stewart family asks that she be remembered for the love she gave to others in life not the sadness of her passing. Though Brenda is no longer with us, her light as well as spirit will continue to guide us.  May she rest in eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon her.



My dear Courtenay family, I am heartbroken with the loss of sweet Brenda. I will keep you in my loving thought and prayers.

- Patsy O’Loughlin, Roswell, Ga

I was so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing and will be thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort during this time of great loss and grief. My prayers continue for God to hold you near to Him.

- Beth O'Loughlin Myers, Pueblo West, CO

I am so sorry for your loss. Brenda was such a kind and loving person. May all the beautiful memories you have sustain you now and in the future. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.✝️❤️ love Camille Wallden

- Camille Wallden, Sav, Ga

We offer our prayers to the family. Especially to Sister Susan Harms

- Liz and Rich Gembecki, Peachtree Corners, GA

I am so sorry for your loss and am offering my heartfelt thoughts, love and prayers to you all.

- Marion McNabb, Centerville, MA

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of Brenda. We were classmates at St. Vincent's, and I have nice memories of our time together.

- Anne Halligan Horstman, Madison, GA

With deepest sympathy. May she rest in peace.

- Jane Harte, Savannah , Ga.

Sending you love and light at this difficult time. I have many wonderful memories of Brenda and know the Courtney family is strong and will help each other during this sad time. May God bless you all.

- Barbara O'Loughlin Westerfield , Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Dear Stewart and Courtenay family we are deeply sorry to hear of Brenda's passing . You are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace our deepest sympathy. Walter & Debbie Crawford.

- Walter & Debbie Crawford , Townsend, GA

A candle has been lit!

Sending prayers of love and deep peace to the Stewart and Courtney families and all who knew and loved Brenda.

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel