Evelyn Brenda Steward was born October 1, 1938 to Maggie L. Harris and Raymond Smith in Boyce Louisiana the second oldest of four children.
Brenda would spend her formative years and graduate in the class of 1956 from A. Wettermark High School in Boyce, LA.
In 1958 she was joined in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Otis Steward with whom she would spend the next 40 years. They moved the family from Pineville, LA to Bryant, Florida in 1963 and in 1976 to West Palm Beach, FL. Brenda spent many years in nursing but retired in the late 1990’s to devote her time to taking care of her loving hubby, Odis when he became ill. When the Lord called him home in 1999 she devoted her time to helping with the grandchildren and working in her church.
Deaconess Brenda Steward was a loyal and devoted member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church. She served under the leadership of Dr. Tony F. Drayton as her loving and devoted pastor. She fulfilled her charge, faithfully, in the Deaconess Ministry, Women’s Missionary (Baptist Women “A”), A.I.D.S. Ministry, Usher’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and worked diligently in J.A.M.M. annually, every Tuesday night. Deaconess Steward was affectionally known as one of the Golden Girls… She prayed daily, lived humbly, and gave generously. Of all of her attributes the attestation of her unwavering faith and peerless witness for Christ serves as her lasting legacy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, step-mother Matilda Smith, one son, Sedwick Keith Steward, brother, Arthur Smith, brother-in-law, Robert J Barnes and grandson, Hasani Neal.
She leaves to cherish fond memories her four children, Odis Wayne Steward (Vickie) , Jacqueline Johnson (Anthony), Gregory Steward (Rachel) and Odessa Raquel Steward; one brother, Raymond Smith (Thelma); one sister, Corrine Barnes; Eighteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren; three God-daughters, Lawanda Harper, Emani and Andrea Magallon; a devoted and special friend, Roy Icon; close friends who called her “Foxy”, her church family, a host of other relatives and all who knew and loved her.