Mary Stuart


Mrs. Mary Hamilton Walker Stuart, 93, a resident of Church and Elliotts Neck for 65 years, passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2022.

Born Aug. 16, 1928, in Norfolk, she was the oldest child of Randolph Hastings Walker and Mary Hamilton Williams Walker, of Bayford.

Mary Hamilton attended the College of William and Mary and was a graduate of the Bard Avon School in Baltimore, where she studied dramatic art and radio.

She married James Austin Stuart Jr. in 1949 in Franktown. As an Army wife, she travelled the world raising her children while experiencing adventures. Upon returning to the Eastern Shore in 1975, she immediately began serving her community as a volunteer.

Mary Hamilton served the Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital for over 20 years in several capacities including as a member of its Board of Trustees. During her time with the NAMH Auxiliary she served terms as president, vice president, as well as on numerous committees. In 1995, the Hospital Ball Committee selected her as the honorary chairman of its annual event.

She was a member and past president of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore.

She was a member and past president of the Northampton branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia’s Antiquities.

She was a member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society as well as the ESC-CDXVII Colonial Dames.

She was an active member of Hungars Episcopal Church and, over the years, served on the vestry and altar guild, and as senior warden and choir member.

Mary Hamilton loved taking walks, observing the night sky, and playing bridge. Most of all, she was devoted to her family and cherished her friends.

Mary Hamilton was predeceased by her husband, James; her daughter, Mary Randolph Stuart; and her brother, Randolph Hastings Walker Jr.

She is survived by her brother, Herman Belote Walker (Mary); children: James Stuart (Suthathip), of Seattle, Wash., Sara Stuart (Karl Stiegelbauer), of Church Neck, Amy Larson (Jim), of Lakewood, Colo., and Andrew Stuart (Sarilee), of Toledo, Ohio; five grandchildren: Matthew Stuart, Karen Larson (Keenan Beals), Mary Isdell (Robert), Thomas Stuart, and Elizabeth Stuart; and one great-grandson, Lochlann Isdell; as well as several nieces and nephews.

On behalf of Mary Hamilton, her family extends a heartfelt thank you to the hospice caregivers at the Commonwealth Senior Living Center in Onancock who gave such extraordinary care to her.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 30, at 10 a.m., at Hungars Church, with the Very Rev. Janet Wheelock officiating.

Funeral arrangements are through the Holland Funeral Home of Nassawadox, with internment in the Hungars Church Cemetery. To honor her wishes, the service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hungars Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 367, Eastville, VA 23347.

Life is Eternal.
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