Gwendolyn Dale Stewart fondly known as Gwen or Queeny passed away peacefully at home in Poughkeepsie, New York on January 6, 2023. Gwen was born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, to the couple, Merline McLaughlin and the late Haswell Dale on June 30,1948. She grew up and lived a significant portion of her life in Jamaica and eventually immigrated to United States with her three children in the early 80s. They settled in the Metropolitan Boston area and there she met and married Abraham Stewart. While in Boston, she worked as a nurse’s aide for several years. They then relocated to Poughkeepsie, NY during the 90s and lived there for the remainder of her life.
Gwen continued to work in the health care field in Saugerties, NY and dedicated her professional life taking care of the mentally challenged and physically disabled adults. She was a loving and doting mother, not only to her children but she was the “Mother Theresa” of her community in whole. She lived her life practicing her beliefs of respect, love and dignity for all, no matter how disadvantaged or debilitated they were. Her group home in Saugerties, NY has fond memories of how she treated her patients there as if they were own children. She made a lasting impact on the lives she crossed and touched. They will remember her infinitum. She lived and stood by her maxim and guiding principles of love, respect and compassion for those who interacted with her. Gwen was a devoted Christian who loved her church. She served her church with honor and always volunteering to get things done. She lived and preached biblical principles: loving thy neighbors, do good unto others and pray for those that wronged you. She never held resentment and is the first to forgive and show love. Her kindness was immeasurable, and her generosity was boundless.
Gwen is survived by her three children, daughters Karen Douglas, Carlene Douglas and son Wayne Williams, mother
Merline MacLaughlin-Christy, sister Elise Christy, brothers Carl and Robert Christy. Her son Lenford Robb predeceased her in 2002. She has eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, nieces,nephews close family members and several god children.
Viewing for Gwen will be held on Saturday January 21, 2023, from 4pm to 7pm at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. Funeral service will be held on Sunday January 22, 2023 10am at the Funeral Home and Interment will follow at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, 342 South Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.