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Queenice A. Stewart, 91

On Nov. 17, Queenice “Queenie” Anne Stewart was called home to the Lord. She was born March 15, 1932 in Everett to Hagop and Takouhy (nee Musserian) Mangerian.

Queenie met the love of her life, the late John E. Stewart, at a Protestant church. They were married for 38 years and raised their loving family of five children in Melrose.

Queenie is survived by her children, Richard (Martha), Debra (Dick), Kenneth (Susan), William (Sheryl) and David, grandchildren, Alex (Melissa), Patrick (Kayla), Jack, Matthew, Katie, Caroline, Nicholas (Maria), Timothy, Dana (Bryce), Justin, Mike (Laura) and Kelly (Chris), great-grandchildren: Ava, Romeo, Emmett, Felix, Maya, Ethan, Jack, Emma, Alex, and Sami. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Queenie was the 10th of 11 children and was predeceased by George, Irene, Sarah, Mary, Arpeen, Hemanyag (“Humo”), Elizabeth (“Honey”), Dikran (“Richard”), Haik and Berge.

Queenie’s parents, Hagop and Takouhy were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. They arrived via circuitous routes to America after having escaped, then met and married in Boston. Queenie always said that it was great growing up in a large family, and that it was like being in Grand Central Station every day.

Her father owned a small grocery store on Main Street in Everett during the Great Depression. When she was old enough, she would visit his store and observe the people coming and going. She enjoyed listening to business conversations and other more personal conversations while reading a good comic book. She always said that observing people at the store was a great education.

Queenie was involved in many of the programs at the First Congregational Church in Melrose. She was always active in many of her kids’ activities, including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Demolay.

When the grandkids came along, Queenie just loved being a nana and enjoyed spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren. She never forgot anyone’s birthday and you could be sure to receive a card and a check with the word ‘Wow!’ as she would reference your age.

Queenie had a positive outlook on life and in her later years would recall the many vacations we had as a family and the trips she took with her husband, John. In her conversations with people she would always say ‘I’ve been blessed, I’ve lived a good life’. Her family and friends will miss her shining spirit.