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Christine M. Stewart

January 9, 1926 - June 13, 2017

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Christine McPhail Stewart (née Bothwell) 1926-2017

Christine Stewart of Brewster, Massachusetts, died peacefully in her sleep on June 13, 2017, at the age of 91. Christine was born in 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her father, Austin Bothwell, was a 1906 Rhodes Scholar, the first from the North-West Territories of Canada. Her mother, Jessie Robson Bothwell, was the first non-native female child born in Regina, Saskatchewan (formerly known as Pile of Bones), and later became the first woman to serve as the Chief Librarian of the Saskatchewan Legislative Library. Christine graduated from the University...

Christine McPhail Stewart (née Bothwell) 1926-2017

Christine Stewart of Brewster, Massachusetts, died peacefully in her sleep on June 13, 2017, at the age of 91. Christine was born in 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her father, Austin Bothwell, was a 1906 Rhodes Scholar, the first from the North-West Territories of Canada. Her mother, Jessie Robson Bothwell, was the first non-native female child born in Regina, Saskatchewan (formerly known as Pile of Bones), and later became the first woman to serve as the Chief Librarian of the Saskatchewan Legislative Library. Christine graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. In 1952, Christine married Willard Whyte Stewart, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Will's career with Exxon kept Christine and her family on the move. Over the years, they lived in Manhattan and Tuckahoe, N.Y.; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; Coral Gables, Florida; New Canaan, Connecticut; Oakville, Ontario; and for thirty years, Darien, Connecticut. In Darien, Christine was a member of the First Congregational Church of Darien, the American Association of University Women, and the Darien Community Association. In 1984, Christine convinced Will to purchase a second home on Cape Cod in Brewster where they enjoyed many summers and eventually took up permanent residence in 2007. In 2014, Christine published her World War II-era memoir, A Song of Distances. Christine was a 54-year breast cancer survivor, and a friend of Bill W. for 34 years, during which she was an inspiration for many mutual friends.

Chris is survived by her son James Austin Stewart and daughter-in-law Laurie Lathem of Brooklyn, New York; her son George Robson Stewart and daughter-in-law Lyn Stewart of Arlington, Virginia; four grandchildren, Matthew, Peter, Luca, and Rebecca. Her brother, George Robson Bothwell and sister, Barbara Forbes, predeceased Christine. The family requests that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A memorial service will be held on August 5, 2017, at 11:00, at Sears Point, Brewster, Massachusetts. Please see the Nickerson Funeral Home website for the memorial service details.