Barbara Lorraine Stewart was born on November 8, 1946 to the late Ernest and Hattie Stewart in Baltimore, Maryland. She peacefully departed this life into an eternal rest on October 22, 2021. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Roslyn, grandson Kamal, and her brothers Michael and David (who changed his name to Michal).
Barbara grew up in East Baltimore. During her childhood and teenage years, she lived in Somerset Projects and later in the Preston and Ensor Streets neighborhood. She received her education attending St. Francis Catholic School and Baltimore City Public Schools, including Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. She worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 30 years in several positions and retired in 2009.
Barbara loved to swim. While at Somerset, she would sneak out of the house to go swimming at Chick Webb Rec Center. Later in life, if she couldn’t go swimming, she loved going out dancing with her friends Frances, Ginger, Georgianna, Joseph, and Josephine. Barbara also loved to attend live theater performances with her children or friends or by herself. In her spare time at home, she loved cooking, listening to music, and playing videos games on her phone. Nothing, however, was more important to Barbara than family. She loved her mother, brothers, children, grandchildren, nieces, cousins, and close friends with a passion.
In her early childhood, Barbara attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Later in life she attended East Baltimore Deliverance Church and Israel Baptist Church. She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory: three sons, Anthony Hill, Ronald Vincent, and Tracey Vincent; one daughter, Rhonda Vincent; one brother, Shawn Stewart; first-cousins, Viola Jacobs Jeffries and Karen Smith-Clark; two nieces, Michelle Stewart and Gina Brown; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a host of cousins and other relatives; former sisters-in-law Claire Brown, Francine Bodie-Stewart, and Deborah Mebane; trusted friend Allison Pritchett; best friends Frances Hunter, Irene (Ginger) West-Dixon, and Georgianna Somerville; and other friends.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3 KJV) Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 KJV)