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Mary Lou Buchanan Stewart

Mary Lou Buchanan Stewart, 90, of Drayton, ND passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at her home. Funeral service will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Drayton United Methodist Church, Drayton, ND. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the time of services.

The former Mary Lou Landowski was born August 2, 1927 to John and Helen (Langowski) Landowski in Walsh County. Mary Lou attended rural school and Minto High School. After completing her education, she was employed as a bookkeeper at Rutherford Implement Company (J.I. Case) in Drayton.

She married H.S. “Bo” Buchanan at Drayton where they owned and operated the Bulk and also the Standard Oil Service Station and Bo’s Trailer Court. Bo died in 1969. She continued on with the trailer court and later ventured into the clothing business. She operated Styles and Jeans, Drayton Clothing and Pembina Clothing. After selling the clothing stores in 1982, she became co-owner of the Spinning Wheel Restaurant Steakhouse and Lounge from 1982 to 1988.

Mary Lou enjoyed cooking, baking and sharing it with others. She was noted for her caramel rolls, her homemade big buns, mile high meringue on her pies. She loved to sew and did some crocheting.

In 1988 she married Robert E. Stewart, she retired and they later moved to Tisdale Manor.

Mary Lou was a member of Drayton United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was also very active and chaired many community events in Drayton. They included St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary, Drayton Garden Study Club and various organizations and clubs.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Stewart, Drayton, ND; daughter, Cheryl Rae (Andy) Adamson, Drayton, ND; granddaughter, Marie Louise Adamson and two great-grandchildren Callie and Willow, Fargo, ND; Dale R. Buchanan, Washington D.C. as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a “special grandson”, Brock Dahl. She is also survived by Dennis (Cindy) Stewart, Roberta Elmendorf, Craig Stewart, and five grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, first husband, “Bo”, brother, John Landowski, and sisters, Helen Green and Irene Arneson.

Memorials are preferred to the Drayton Ambulance Service, Drayton Sugar Bowl Citizens, or the Drayton United Methodist Church.

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Look at Mary Lou's many business ventures, local activities and accomplishments, and you know she was a special person, always a lady. Small towns don't have people like her anymore. And, indeed, her buns were unequaled between Winnipeg and Grand Forks.

Dick Johnson Aug 8 2018 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all Mary Lou's family. We had many good times since we started camping in Drayton. Special memories with Mary Lou, Bob, Stan and Caryl Simons. Thinking of you Bob, sorry we can't make it for the service.

Bert & Joey Simpson Jul 31 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss...Mary Lou was a grand lady. She was loved by many and will be missed by many. May God's love and that of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.

Bonnie (Rasmussen) Graves Jul 31 2018 12:00 AM