GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Julia Stewart

    Services for Julia A. Stewart, a Sitka resident since 1947, have been scheduled 1 p.m. July 20, 2013, at Prewitt Funeral Home.
    Julia died July 3 at her home here. She was 88.
    She was born April 30, 1925, in Astoria Ore., the daughter of Ruth Remington and Jessie Bower.
    She was a welder during World War II, and a shop worker in Oregon.
    She married Ernest Stewart April 6, 1945, in Astoria, and the couple moved to Sitka in 1947, where she worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital laundry.
    The Stewarts had what’s believed to be the first mobile home in Sitka, locating it on a lot they cleared at 1110 Halibut Point Road.
    She enjoyed gardening, and commercial fishing with her husband.
    She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Stewart.
    She is survived by her sons, Charles Stewart of Sandy, Ore., and Jim Stewart of North Pole; daughter Patrina Kilkeary of Sitka; grandchildren Leah Stewart, Rebecca Cropley, Elizabeth Hardison, Katherine Kilkeary, Christopher Web, Corey Stewart and Daniel Stewart; and 11 great-grandchildren.
    The other members of her family extended special thanks to granddaughters Becky, Lizzy and Katie, who helped with Julia’s care in her last days, and kept vigil by her bedside.

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