The late Molly Tee Leeper Stewart, a beloved and devoted matriarch of her family and her community, passed away on October 2, 2022, at the age of 91.
Born February 15, 1931, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Molly was the only child of Leah Martin Leeper and Wesley Thurman Leeper of Shreveport. She attended South Highlands Elementary School and was a graduate of C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport at the age of 16. Molly attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity for more than seven decades and served for many years in the Shreveport Alumni Association as Reference Chair and later as the Fleur-de-Lis Chair, handwriting notes to its members. She was presented by the Demoiselle Club of Shreveport in 1950 and was a member of the Cotillion Club Courts in 1951 and 1952. While at William Woods, she met the love of her life, Bob Stewart, who would later follow her to Fayetteville to continue their courtship. Molly and Bob married in 1953 and moved to California where Bob served in the U. S. Marine Corps. They later returned to Shreveport to make their home and raise a family.
Molly spent her early career as a speech therapist, hired by the late Mollie Webb to the Deaf Oral Department of the Line Avenue School, the second in her field in Shreveport. She was a substitute teacher and a Cub Scout volunteer. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport and Agape Sunday School class for many years, and she was actively involved in the establishment of First Baptist Church School. She was always present for activities involving her children and their friends throughout their years in school and youth programming at First Baptist. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Shreveport and a member of the Colonial Dames, Shreveport Symphony Guild and Shreveport Opera Guild. She loved her WKFC water aerobics group and keeping up with friends and family. Molly was typically the first to offer help, bring food or call with support. She loved supporting the Razorbacks and the Kappas. If ever anyone bled blue and blue, it was Molly Tee. She also took up calligraphy which included making the fanciest grocery list in town.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 69 years, Bob, her aunts and uncles, who were an integral part of her life, and a special cousin whom she considered her sister, Betty Lloyd Leeper Ellis.
Molly was a proud mother to Robert Edward “Bobby” Stewart, Jr., (Carol), Bowen Leeper Stewart (Debbie) and Mary Leah Walke (Martin). She was a grandmother to Caroline Stewart Horstmann (Lee), Elizabeth Stewart Hill (Don), Robert Edward Stewart, III, (Caroline), the Rev. Daniel Bowen Stewart (Stephanie), and Molly Ann and Mary Emily “Mimi” Walke. She was a great grandmother to Harrison Samuel Horstmann, Catherine Bridger, and Mary Martin Hill, and Robert Edward “Robby”, IV, and Charles Matthew “Charlie” Stewart.
The family is grateful for the loving and compassionate care from the staff of The Oaks of Louisiana North Pavilion, St. Joseph’s Hospice, the Willis-Knighton family, Drs. Scott McRight, Ronnie Bergeron, Bill Norwood, Lane Rosen, Tom Pressly, Charles Sale, Ryan, Eric, and Scott Bicknell and the late Harold Bicknell, and the late Dudley Talbot.
Members of the Shreveport Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. Please wear blue to honor Molly’s love for you and your sisterhood.
Visitation will be in the parlor of First Baptist Church from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Services will be held Friday, October 14, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church sanctuary, Dr. Jeff Raines officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 543 Ockley Drive, Shreveport, LA, 71106; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 530 East Town St., Columbus, OH, 43215, or the charity of your choice.