Elaine Trombley Stewart

“I’ve had a wonderful life”, was one of the last things Elaine Trombley Stewart, age 92, said before she passed away March 31, 2018 at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.

Elaine was born on September 22, 1925 to Roy and Alfrieda Matter Trombley in Mount Clemens, Michigan.  She was married for 40 years to Richard Cornelius Stewart (Captain, USN, Retired) until his death in 1986.  Elaine was the consummate Navy wife. During numerous lengthy deployments and 14 relocations–some as temporary as only 1 year– she always made a home for her family, personalizing the house and immersing herself in church, school, military base and community activities.

Elaine received a citation and medal from the Pacific Missile Range at Pt. Mugu, CA in appreciation for her outstanding service as a Navy wife during the year her husband was CO of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4).  “Elaine added friendliness and neighborliness, sincerity and loyalty, and grace and charm to the entire complex.” These words reflect how she was regarded at every location where her husband was stationed during his 31-year career as a naval aviator.  Their final home was in McLean, VA.

Elaine was a faithful member of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.  Her interests and talents were many–reading, gardening, traveling, bridge, bowling and gourmet entertaining.  She had a well-deserved reputation for her elaborately decorated Christmas trees and floral designs. She shared this talent with her church, serving on the Flower Committee for 30 years in several capacities, including Chairwoman.

Elaine’s prescription for living a good life was to have a positive attitude, treat others with courtesy, practice diplomacy and enjoy a delightful sense of humor.  Her memory will be cherished by her daughters Janet Wilson (Barry), Nancy Oliphant (Fred); grandchildren Alexandra Wilson Nicandri (Mark), Richard Wilson (Corinn), Andrew Oliphant (Lindsey) and Alexander Oliphant (Natasha); great grandchildren Olivia Nicandri, Jackson Wilson, Wyatt Wilson, Isabelle Nicandri, Ross Wilson, Abigail Oliphant and George Oliphant; and dearest friend Kay Wilson.  Elaine was preceded in death by her son, Richard Cornelius Stewart, II.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for June 19th at 11:00 AM at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 AM.  Interment will take place that afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery (meet at the Administration Building at 1:15 PM) with a reception afterward.  Donations in memory of Elaine may be made to the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church Foundation, earmarked for the Flower Committee, 1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA  22101.

We were all fortunate to have had such a sweet, kind, capable and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  She taught us that we should not leave meaningful things undone or unsaid. Elaine knew we valued what she brought to each of our lives and that she was dearly loved.  Yes, Elaine Trombley Stewart did have a wonderful life.

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