Middle School & High School Bell Choirs
Well-rounded….she can do anything...that is Heather Stewart! Sewing – did you see her creative quilt piece for the Baker’s quilt....she bakes and decorates cakes...she leads the PTO at Fredericktown Elementary...she directs the Youth handbells...she performs in the Wesley Ringers handbells...she plays flute for our worship service...but the most important role in her life is that of wife to Curt and mother to Hannah, Cord and Chase. Heather considers her children her greatest gifts and is very proud of them.
In 1987, Heather’s family moved to Mount Vernon from Illinois. They had been trekking to Mount Vernon to visit her grandparents at least once a year since she was a baby. Heather’s family moved a lot during her growing up years so having roots and staying in one place has meant a lot to her. Her family was a big influence in her life. She especially loved spending time with her grandpa, Dr. Charles F. White, D.V.M. She loved to assist him as he doctored all kinds of animals. Presently, she has two dogs, Daisy, a big bloodhound, Oscar, a little puggle (part pug/part beagle) and Pretty, big spoiled tiger cat. When she started college she leaned towards being a veterinarian. She took chemistry, physics and calculus...but her favorite class was music history.
In fifth grade, Heather’s mom took her to pick out an instrument for band. Heather longed for a French horn but the music store was sold out to her dismay. But they did have a couple of flutes left, so she took one home to try and ended up loving it, much to her surprise. She loved it so much that the first thing she would do when she got home from school was practice playing the flute! Every mother’s dream!
Heather had attended Gay Street United Methodist Church off and on since her family moved to Mount Vernon in 1987. But...once she and Curt started dating she was a regular and many of her friends attended, too. Heather said that Curt may have brought her to Gay Street UMC, but "it was the people who kept her here."
Peace for Heather comes in ordinary places...doing dishes, folding laundry, or hanging laundry on the clothes line...while doing these things that seem to be unending, it usually involves quiet time. Time to think. She finds the most peace just being "home."
From her parents and grandparents she was taught a lot about life. "Hard work pays off and to never give up. They taught her to be a responsible person." Recently though her husband and children are a huge influence on her. They make her want to work hard and be a good example. "I want to make them proud."
The office staff always enjoys working with Heather when she fills in for Colleen. She is always a joy to be around. She is easy to be with and easy to talk with.
Heather’s favorite scripture is Psalm 118:24 "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." It means to her...each day is a gift, treat it as one. Heather is God’s gift to everyone here at Gay Street UMC and especially to her family. We are thankful that she has chosen us to share her many gifts and talents with.~Jan Talbott