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Mae Esther Stewart

Obituary for Mae Esther Stewart

December 30, 2019
Bristol, Pennsylvania


Mae Esther Stewart was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 20, 1930, the sixth child of Alexander and Mary Stewart. As a teen she attended a church where a youth leader mentored her. This relationship led her to Philadelphia School of the Bible (now Cairn University) in 1948 where Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr., her youth leader's brother-in-law, recognized her academic and leadership qualities. Mae's life motto was Colossians 3:24, "It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."

After her graduation, she went to Wheaton College, IL, where she earned a BA in Philosophy and finished her classwork for a MA in New Testament Greek. She worked as houseparent for boys whose parents were missionaries with the China Inland Mission. Her mother's failing health took her back to Springfield where she worked in her home church.

In 1963, Dr. Mason invited her to join the faculty of Cairn University. She was instrumental in helping the then Philadelphia College of Bible receive regional accreditation in 1967.

From that time until 2010, Mae Stewart taught Greek, Ethics, and Philosophy, guided the university through numerous accreditation reviews, and served as Vice President for Research and Planning. Additionally, she led international tours for the university, and provided a home for numerous international students, beginning with three brothers from Hong Kong, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Drs. Timothy and Andrew Hui.

Mae was a firm believer in the local church and served actively since moving to Langhorne at Calvary Baptist Church, Bristol. Two of her Burmese children, NangTsin Lahtaw and HkawngLum Laking, made their home with Mae in her final years, where she could enjoy her honorary grandson, David.
Mae was predeceased by brothers Alexander, David, Robert, William, and sister, Isabel. Though Mae has no direct descendants, the legacy of her love spans the globe through the lives of the students she taught and housed. She leaves behind her nieces, Joan Stewart Freeman and Cynthia Stewart Reed, and many great-nephews and great-nieces.

Miss Stewart entered the presence of her Lord on December 30, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Bristol, PA on January 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to:

Cairn University, 200 Manor Avenue, Langhorne PA 19047
Calvary Baptist Church, 250 Green Lane, Bristol PA 19007

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  • Cairn University
    200 Manor Avenue
    Langhorne, PA 19047
  • Calvary Baptist Church
    250 Green Lane
    Bristol, PA 19007

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Dunn-Givnish Funeral Home

378 South Bellevue Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047
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