Helen Cole Stewart
Helen Cole Stewart, 92, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died March.
Miss Stewart grew up in a little town in Mississippi and later graduated magnum cum laude from Louisiana State University with a degree in music. She played the piano when she was a young girl and loved music all her life. She entered the Foreign Service, U.S. State Department, in 1947, and lived and worked for the foreign service for the next 26 years. Italy was her favorite country, and she spent a number of years working at the embassy in Rome and also at the consulate in Naples. She lived in Belgrade (then Yugoslavia) right after World War II, and also spent time in Bonn, Germany. She had a tour of duty in Morocco, and later worked in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Her final post was in Paris, France, where she lived and worked for the last five years of her career. She loved walking on the beaches on Anna Maria Island and spent many hours at the Holmes Beach Library. She loved music, reading and gardening.
She is survived by niece and nephew, Victoria Freeman, of Bradenton, and Currey Freeman, who lives near Dallas, Texas; great nephews Kent Freeman and Reid Freeman; and great-great nephew Connor Stewart Freeman.