Julia Lee (Finney) Steward was born on October 2, 1934 to the late Mattie Lee Finney and Jack Finney in Brooks County, Georgia. Mattie Lee often referred to Julia as her “only begotten daughter.”
Julia grew up in Macon, GA, graduating from Morven-Rosenwald High School in 1951. Soon after, she completed college courses at Savannah State College and relocated to Bronx, New York then later to Cleveland, Ohio.
In the 1950’s, Julia worked at an independent jewelry repair store in downtown Cleveland. She was later employed by the General Electric Company where she retired after 25 years.
In 1955, she was united in marriage to A.J. Steward. Unto their union, five children were born; Daryn, Jacqueline, and triplets, Andrew (whom preceded her in death August 23, 1980), Antoinette and Anita.
In the 1960’s, she dedicated her life to the Lord and became a faithful member of Addison Road Church of Christ. She later attended University Church of Christ, Sowinski Church of Christ and was most recently active at Church of Christ at the Boulevard.
In 2008, after having back surgery, she suffered a stroke which caused a decline in her health. She continued to persevere and kept her focus on Christ.
Julia dedicated her life to raising her children and grandchildren. She celebrated life to the fullest, sharing her love, joy and beautiful smile with others. She will truly be missed but her memories will last forever.
Those who will forever cherish her memory are her four children (Daryn Steward of Cleveland, OH, Jacqueline Steward of Cleveland, OH, Anita Dawkins of Greensboro, NC, Antoinette (Kenny) Troy of Brown Summit, OH; five grandchildren; Marin Zellars, Martina Zellars, Aliyah Troy, Alana Troy, and Andrew Alexander; nephew, Mario Steward and a host of extended family and friends.
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