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Kit Hanks Stewart

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 27, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Kit Hanks Stewart, 58, died on Saturday, February 27, 2010. Kit was born in Houston, TX to the late Mary and Clyde W. Hanks, Jr. on May 9, 1951.

Kit loved many things. She loved being a mother and raised five wonderful children. She loved writing and published a successful fiction novel printed in over eighty countries. She loved biblical research and holistic healing and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Research and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was the 2002 recipient of the James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award in the Nursing Program.
Kit also loved a challenge and had an entrepreneurial spirit that led her to co-found a successful log home company in Grand Lake Colorado and a Curves for Women Franchise in Chatham County, North Carolina.
She loved to travel and most recently made several trips to Europe while working on a series of mysteries using the French culture and geography as her background
She loved the ocean and she loved the outdoors. One of her favorite things to do was take long walks in Duke Gardens and enjoy the flowers and birds.
.The thing she loved the most, though, was to be with her family. She loved them dearly and they will always love her.

Kit is survived by her husband Don Stewart of Durham; children Amy Lynn Stewart of New York, NY, Jesse Walton Stewart and his wife Heather of Monterey, CA, Kimberly Ann Jeremiah and her husband Jason of Pittsboro, NC, Travis Clement Stewart and his wife Stephanie of Boone, NC, and Sarah Elizabeth Gee and her husband Cary of Pittsboro, NC; grandchildren Sierra, Robert, Candace, Dillon, Trevor, Chloe, and Cameron; sister Mary Sue Listerman and many other loving family members and friends.
Kit is predeceased by her parents and brother Clyde Hanks, III.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made in Kit’s name to The Durham Rescue Mission, Attn: Christy Zimmerman, P.O. Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703. Please include “Kit Stewart Memorial” on the memo line of your check.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010 from the Chapel Hill Bible Church, 260 Erwin Rd., Chapel Hill. The Rev. Randy Russell will preside. A private cremation service will take place at the Hall-Wynne Crematory.

Condolences for the family of “Kit Hanks Stewart”

Condolence from Terry Elkins on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

I am deeply saddened at the news of Kit’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of lose.

Condolence from Cissy McCale Arnold on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Kit and I were friends in high school and although we did not stay in contact, I remember her fondly and I am sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Pam Urie Mapes on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

My husband, Chuck Mapes and I both went to high school with Kit and Don. I am so sorry for your loss and know that in time you will find strength from cherishing all the memories of your life together.

Condolence from Kathie Dillard Schwend on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

I attended and graduated Lee High School with Kit and Don. Kit had so much energy, was in so many organizations and always had a great smile. She and Don were both cheerleaders and I was so happy to hear that they had shared their life together as soul mates. Being blessed with 5 children and all those wonderful grandchildren must have made Kit a very proud and happy woman. I am so sorry that she has gone too soon. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Spencer Cubage on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Don and Family,

Liz and I send our deepest sympathy to you. Kit was a really cool friend…!!!

Don and Kit…one word…Don and Kit

Take care, Don…we will be in touch.


Condolence from Wanda Mitchell on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Blessed are they who mourned, for they shall be comforted.

Condolence from Mark Caprise on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Mr. Stewart, Amy, Jesse, & the rest of the family. I want to extend my personal condolences to your family. You are in my thoughts & prayers. All my love…Mark Caprise

Condolence from Marilyn Hicks Lawhead on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

I graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Houston with Don and Kit and was deeply saddened to hear of her passing. I remember her as blond, bubbly and adorable and it makes me so happy to know that Don and Kit were married for all of these years and were blessed with so many kids and grandkids. Even though we never stayed in touch after high school, I can still picture her in my mind and my heart is filled with sadness that she was taken way too soon. May God bless you and your family, Don. Hugs, Marilyn

Condolence from Bette Bradford Burton on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

I am so very sorry to hear about Kit. I’ve known her since Jr. High. We just had our hs reunion and wondered about her. Am thinking of you and your family.

Condolence from Bill Compton on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Don, so sorry you have lost your beloved Kit. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Bill

Condolence from Cathy Guernsey Cobb on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Don, I am so sorry to hear about Kit. She was such a vivaciou person in high school and am sure she continued to be. Your devotion to each other is such an inspiration to many. Please know there are alot of old high school friends praying and thinking of you and your family.

Condolence from Robert L. Watson on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

We went to high school together. I am so sorry. I lost my wife in an auto accident 10 years ago, and so I really have the deepest and most sincere sympathy for how this affects the family. Bless you all.

Condolence from Rita Stewart Arrington on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Donnie and Kids, I love you very much and I wish I could make things easier for you.
Aunt Rita

Condolence from Gayle Rogers Wilson on March 2nd, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Don and family, I am so sorry for ya’lls loss. We were school buds and lost contact after high school.I have fond memories and will always remember her sweet smile and her willingness to help anyone that needed it. I’m so sorry, Don. You will never get over this but you will get through it with love of family, friends and your faith. I know she was special to all she cared for. May God help you get throgh this tough time. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Love, Gayle

Condolence from Pete Thornton on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

Condolence from Pamela Dolinger on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that I am sending up prayers for you and your family. My God hold and comfort you in your time of grief.

Condolence from Pam Burkhead on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Don and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. With deepest Sympathy, Pam Burkhead

Condolence from Angela Breeden on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Don, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Cathy Cummings Bolin on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

I’m also an alumni of Robert E. Lee High School and remember both you and Kit as cheerleaders. I lost my sister to ovarian cancer 4 years ago and understand the issues involved. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Condolence from Michele Stegman on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Thanks, Don, for informing me. Kit and I knew each other for 23 years. Writing friends. May God bless and comfort.

Condolence from rebecca blackwell on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

That God will give you the strength and comfort you need.

Condolence from bill blackwell on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

I pray for your strength and later God gives you the strength to continue evryday. We will remember in ours hearts and will see her again. Now she is home safe and healthy with her heavenly dad God.

Condolence from Judy Gillan Yancey on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Dearest Don and all of your wonderful children and loving family… I send my deepest, truly heartfelt sympathy and sadness at your loss of sweet Kit. I am so happy for you both that you got to spend 37+ years together and that she leaves such a legacy of her life through her children and their children. Why do we lose touch with eachother? I guess life just marches on – too fast, and losing someone like Kit brings home the fact that life is so precious and short. After high school, she and I and Pama went on to SMU, but after college we all went our ways. I am deeply sorry that I lost out on knowing her all these years, for she was always soft and kind. God will hold her and keep her smiling, waiting until the time you are with her again. Love to all of you.

Condolence from Steve Sullivan on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Don, I’m sorry to hear of your families loss, and know the closeness that you and Kit had will always keep you close, even into the eternities. Stay strong and know that your love for Kit and her’s for you are written in your book of life that will be presented happily to a loving Heavenly Father, who will say “This is good!”

Condolence from Donna Hobbs Schleicher on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Oh Don, Kit changed all of our lives forever! How can I ever thank both of you for all you did for me? Kit brought The truth to sooo many people. She will have many rewards waiting for her! I’ve thought of you guys so many times but didn’t know where you were. You were such loving people and I’m thankful to call you my friends. There’s no one like Kit. She will be missed.

Condolence from Cindy Haugh Millichamp on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Kit was such a sweet and gentle spirit. Of all the girls at Lee, she was one of the best. I know there is little comfort for friends and family at this time, but Kit is as close as the memories you will forever carry in your hearts.

Condolence from Janet Hobbs Anderson on March 3rd, 2010 12:00 am

Don, So sorry to hear of your loss. I love you both so much! I hold so many wonderful and funny memories…there is not enough room or time to share them all, my heart is so full. One, I will share, is sitting in the waiting room at a Dr.’s office and hearing Kit yelling at the Dr. “How dare you tell me I will never have children! Who do you think you are? You are not God!” Kit was an strong woman of God. She believed God & has 5 children to prove it. She introduced me to the God & Father I now richly enjoy. I will be eternally grateful!

Condolence from Karen Pocius on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am


I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories you have, and I hope that you will be able to take comfort in knowing that you have an angel watching over you.

Karen Pocius Beery

Condolence from Kim Clark on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear that you have lost Kit. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you at this time of grief.

Condolence from Jo Stevens on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am

Kim and family,
May God keep you in His loving care during your time of bereavement.

Condolence from Cathy Hobbs on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Don and Family:
Thank you for contacting Ed and myself concerning Kit’s recent passing away. It is comforting to remember the many ways in which she touched people’s lives and to remember that we will see her again at the return of Christ. Ed has told me how much you Don and Kit meant to his life, particularly during the time when you lived here in Grand Lake. He will never forget you.

Thanks and love,
Cathy Hobbs

Condolence from Penny Boone Marchand on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am

Kit saved my life. Thanks to her “pestering”, I went from a life of darkness to a life of light. Kit’s energy, enthusiasm, kindness and love are remembered fondly. You’re in my prayers Don. Much love to you and your family.

Condolence from Pat and Mary Hughes on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am

It was our privilege to know and love such a mighty warrior of God. It was a privilege to be loved by her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. How comforting to know we will absolutely see her again.

Condolence from Autumn Beery on March 4th, 2010 12:00 am

Words can’t express the sadness I feel for the family over the loss of a wife, mother and grandmother. I prayed for Kit to find relief and for all of you to find solace in knowing she is no longer suffering. I know that you are a very close-knit family and the void created by Kit’s absence will be a long time in healing. I hope that you will take comfort in knowing she loved you all greatly.

Condolence from Barbara Paren on March 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so saddened to learn of Kit’s death. Kit and I met about three years ago and immediately connected as nurses and writers. She and I enjoyed a wonderful time at the Autumn in the Mountains Novelist Retreat held at the Blue Ridge Christian Conference Center near Black Mountain, NC, in 2009. I loved her spark and her friendliness. I am grateful for our friendship, and the wonderful conversation and camaraderie we enjoyed at the retreat last October. She is missed. My deepest sympathy to her husband, Don, and the family.

Condolence from Jose and Ginny Reyes on March 5th, 2010 12:00 am

We are so sorry for the family’s loss. We enjoyed our times with the family which we connected with through Amy. Amy was a very good friend of our son, Conrad. May your strength in the Lord give you the comfort that only He can.

Condolence from Ed Hobbs on March 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Don:
It remains obvious to me that you and Kit had an incredible impact on my life. While we have not seen each other in quite a few years, I feel as though you are still part of my life…sort of like I could still walk through the woods to your house and find two great friends…I have never doubted that you care about me. Losing Kit hurts all of us, but I will always be thankful for the pleasant memories I have of you both.

Condolence from Cathy Kinard RN on March 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Mr. Stewart and the Stewart children and extended family,
I want you to know that am thinking of you. I spent time caring for Kit during her days at CTCA helping to provide comfort for her through the pain management department. Often times we spent time speaking of other things–the love of her children and family, her love of writing, and her wish to be with all of you as long as possible. I want you to know how humbled and honored I am to have come to know her. I am so sorry I didn’t get to know her in another time in this life.
Please give my regards to Amy and Kim. I am so touched how they cared and comforted their mother during her time at CTCA.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you’ve all been in my thoughts since the day Kit left for North Carolina.

Condolence from Aaron Hamilton R.T.RT on March 8th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Both, you & mother’s attitude brightened the day of all you came in contact with here in Pennsylvania. I thank you for the opportunity to celebrate her life & share with you. She is free to rejoice. Waiting with our father until we see her again. God Bless.

Condolence from Lorraine Miller on March 9th, 2010 12:00 am

We will surely miss Kit at CTCA in Philadelphia,PA. She was an inspiration to all of us~!!!!!!!
I always assured her that she was a
“TROOPER” throughout her ordeal and
she was~!!!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family~!!!!!!!!

Fondly, Lorraine Miller
Patient Advocate at CTCA

Condolence from Sandi Blalock on March 10th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Gardner Thornton on March 12th, 2010 12:00 am

Don and Family,

We are saddened for Kit’s loss but we know she is in good hands.

Gardner Thornton and Family

Condolence from Susan Muse Hutson on March 13th, 2010 12:00 am

My heavens, heaven will be rearranged with a new garden by now! But I bet she’ll leave out the bamboo. Kit had the most amazing way of being so delicate but running the show with a hand of steel. How I loved her, and the sweet, self-deprecating smile she had when she couldn’t decide if she was right or not. She was a thing of beauty and her love and devotion to her family was as sturdy as Jacob’s Ladder. She was one of the last visitor’s Chuck had before he left this earth, even though he could no longer respond she went to tell him how much she and Don loved him. What a friend Kit was. What a wife, mother and grandmoter. Heaven hit the jackpot the day she took up residence, the rest of us will have to live with our cherished memories and “Kit” stories. I love you Kit and I’ll miss you always. Susie

Condolence from Sally Herder Derr on March 30th, 2010 12:00 am

Kit was a joy to be around even when she was young. She was always full of energy and always had a smile on her face. As the “baby” she got away with lots of things but she was so cute she never got in trouble. I will miss her and I am sorry for the families loss. Please remember your relatives in Texas and we still love all of you.

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