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One of St. Louis’ Oldest Residents Lives In Chesterfield

It’s not every day someone gets to celebrate a “century” birthday, let alone more than that! But Ruth Brummel Stewart, a 23-year resident of Friendship Village Chesterfield, reveled in a community celebration and a whole lot of cupcakes for her 109th birthday on July 15.

Born July 15, 1908, in St. Louis, Ruth grew up at 4243 N. Newstead Ave. She attended Ashland Elementary School and graduated from Beaumont High School in 1926 as a member of the school’s first graduating class. Her mother was from Germany and her father from Poland. She married Soldan High School graduate F.W. Stewart on Nov. 16, 1935. He died in April 2003.

Ruth’s passion always has been playing the piano, after starting lessons when she was 8 years old. Playing the piano also became her job. When she graduated high school at the age of 18, she went to work playing piano for the Missouri Rockets in 1926. The Rockets eventually moved to New York City and became the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. She then played for a dance studio, and at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. She also was a member of a small band that traveled and performed throughout the St. Louis region.

This lovely lady attributes having music in her life to giving her longevity.

Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation deemed July 15 as Stewart’s own, special day.