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Lottie Mary (Mae) Johnson Stewart

Lottie Mary (Mae) Johnson Stewart, seeming a bit weak and tired, gently laid her head on the bosom of Christ and quietly fell asleep.

How well she fell asleep!

Like some proud river, winding toward the sea;
Calmly and grandly, silently and deep,
Life joined eternity.

Lottie was born March 29, 1932 in Moorhead, Miss., the sixth child of Ezra Johnson, Sr. and Lottie Isabelle Johnson. Upon moving to Detroit in 1943, the Johnson family joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church under Rev. James A. Charleston. Shortly afterward, Lottie volunteered and was accepted as one of the youngest class leaders at St. Paul. It was quite an accomplishment for someone so young to act as liaison between the pastor and the members of the church.

Lottie graduated from Miller High School in June 1950. After graduating, she worked for the UAW. She then attended court-reporting school and later worked for the Department of Defense in the finance and accounting department. She was then transferred to the Army Tank-Automotive Command in Warren. She resigned this position to become a full time mother and home-maker.

In 1963, Lottie was introduced to the love of her life, Frederick R. Stewart, through mutual friends and they married on Dec. 28 of that same year. Shortly after, along came their daughter, Lottie Violetta, the third in a generational series of Lotties. Lottie and Fred shared a love of classical music, collecting antiques and traveling in their retirement years. Their greatest pastime, however, was being with their grandchildren Vanden and Leah. Grandmamá, as she was affectionately called, documented their days with hundreds of photos. Frederick preceded her in death in 2008, after 44 years of marriage.

Lottie had that unique combination of knowing how to do things the “right” way and the ability to give her own personal touch of flair, elegance and class. As a true Renaissance woman, she was a gourmet chef, an extraordinary singer, a talented seamstress and loved to entertain. At the same time, Lotti could play a mean hand of Bid Whist, Bridge and Pinochle. Lottie also expressed her entrepreneurial spirit as an award-winning sales consultant for Mark Kay Cosmetics for a number of years. Her creative side and commitment to service were apparent with her memberships in clubs such as the Dramatics and the Victorians.

Mrs. Lottie M. Stewart was a faithful member of the Stewardess Board. Lottie learned the art of making communion bread from her mother, the late Lottie I. Johnson, and in 1991, after her mother’s passing, she took on the responsibility of making communion bread for each first Sunday and continued to do so until March 2006.

Mrs. Lottie M. Stewart departed this earthly realm cradled in her sister’s arms on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m.

Lottie leaves behind a host of family and friends, including her daughter, Lottie Violetta Stewart Spady; grandchildren Vanden Zachary and Leah Violetta Spady; devoted sister Dorothy Johnson (Lacy) Steele, Seattle; niece Marche Deon Steele (Phillip) Heath and their son, Joshua David, Denver; sister-in-law Velma Johnson (Ezra Johnson, Jr. deceased); niece Priscilla Johnson (Walter) Knight; nephew Alfred Johnson niece LaVerne Johnson Ross; niece Anita Johnson Kent; niece Lillie Willis; nephew Gregory Hans; niece Carol Parsons; grand nieces and nephews Carmen Knight, Lamont Knight, Damon Knight, Nathan Parsons, Mia Parsons, Michael Willis, Shonette Brown and Brittany Kent; great grand nephews and neices Zaire Stewart, Amir, Amani, Malik, Jordan, Raven, DaJuan, Damon, Jr. and Keylan Knight; Kalilah Parsons; and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.

Memorial Service for Lottie M. Stewart will be held Friday, Dec. 16
Family hour 10:30 a.m., service at 11 a.m.
St. Paul AME Church
2260 Hunt Street Detroit, MI 48207
Corner of Chene and Hunt off Gratiot
Please send condolences to:
Lottie V. Spady
3227 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48221

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