Sharon Louise Smith, 70, of Marblehead, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 21, 2013, after fighting cancer for six years. She was the wife of Hugh W. Stewart.
She was born in Trenton, NJ and grew up in Hopewell, NJ. She completed undergraduate studies at Smith College. After college, she lived in Manhattan as a researcher, and moved to Philadelphia to work and later study at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in the study of animal behavior. In 1982, she moved to Marblehead, MA and found work as a human factors researcher for Digital Equipment Corporation – later Compaq Computer. She retired in 2002.
She became a docent at the Peabody Essex Museum. She was an active member of the Salem Ota Cultural Exchange She was a leader in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, serving on the Board of Directors and as membership chair, and performing many other roles. She helped start WISH – a program to welcome international students to our homes, and became friends with many students from Japan and China.
She married Hugh W Stewart on April 3, 1993 at her mother’s home in Hopewell NJ. They had no children together, but she served as a beloved grandmother to Hugh’s offspring from a former marriage. Together they travelled to China and Japan three times, as well as Alaska, Costa Rica, and the American southwest.
She is survived by her husband, her uncle John Cushman, cousins Colby Smith and his three grown children, Nancy Gustave, and Newton Swain and his five grown children.
A celebration of life will be held on January 18, 2014 at 11 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. Contributions may made to the American Cancer Society.