Deborah ‘Debbie’ Stewart

Aug. 8, 1947-Jan. 8, 2021

Deborah ‘Debbie’

Stewart, 73, Minot, died

Friday, January 8, 2021 in

a Minot Healthcare Facili-ty.

Deborah was born Au-

gust 8, 1947 at Littleton,

Colorado, the daughter of

Raymond and Marjorie

(Jones) Barnes. She was

raised and educated in

Littleton and graduated

from Cherry Creek High

School. Debbie attended

the University of Hawaii

for year and a half and

later graduated with a de-

gree in medical records

from Stephens Women’s

College in Columbia, Mis-


In 1973, Debbie took

her first job as a nursing

home administrator in

Minneapolis, MN. She

held that position until

1985, moving to North

Dakota to serve as ad-

ministrator of the Mandan

Villas for a couple years

until moving to Minot.

She was the administrator

for the Americana Health-

care Center (later Manor-

Care) for several years. In

addition to her full-time

position, Debbie served

on the North Dakota State

Licensing Board for Nurs-

ing Homes for several


Debbie married Jim

Stewart in 1993 in St. Au-

gustine, Florida. They

spent ten winters in Casa

Grande, AZ and many

two-week vacations in the

Grand Cayman Islands,

one of their special places

to visit. Camping and fish-

ing at Lake Sakakawea

was a staple of summer

activities for many years

and later in life many

rounds of golf were

played as a couple. Deb-

bie and Jim shared a love

of caring for exotic birds

in their home. They hand

fed several batches of

birds but always treasured

the beautifully colored

Sun Conures most. Deb-

bie will be missed deeply

by all who were blessed to

share in her life.

Debbie’s loving family

includes: husband, Jim

Stewart, Minot; stepchil-

dren, Brenda Studley

(Frazier) Scott of Hunting-ton Beach, CA; Brian

(Michelle) Stewart, Grand

Rapids, MI and Bridget

(Daniel) Smith, Chandler,

AZ; 7 grandchildren,

Grant, Alec, Ian, Issac,

Noel, Sophia and Bennett

and brother, Pete Barnes

of Colorado.

Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Saturday, January

23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in

Christ Lutheran Church,


Interment: Sunset

Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: At her re-

quest, there will not be a

public viewing, however

friends may sign the

memorial register book on

Friday, January 22nd from

4:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


Memorials: preferred to

the North Dakota

Parkinson’s Association.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at www.thomasfamily