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January 28, 2010


Longtime Alabama Baptist missionary to Nigeria Dr. Martha Jordan Gilliland Stewart died Dec. 27, leaving behind a legacy of faithfulness and commitment to missions.

She was 92.

After graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky in 1941, Stewart and her first husband, William Gilliland, were appointed missionaries to Nigeria in 1942 by the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board).

Unable to move to Nigeria until 1946 because of World War II, Stewart, also a graduate of Howard College in Birmingham (now Samford University), taught chemistry at Judson College in Marion and served as the school’s physician during the interim period.

She served the people of Nigeria from 1946 to 1981, even after the death of her husband in 1964.

Born in Ozark, Stewart grew up in Birmingham. During her time at Howard, she taught Sunday School at Ruhama Baptist Church, Birmingham.

Stewart was preceded in death by her second husband, David Stewart.

She is survived by two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain Brook Baptist Church on Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 205-871-0331. (TAB)

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