Bryant, Marjabelle Ruby

Bryant, Marjabelle Ruby

Female 1924 - 2007  (82 years)

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  • Name Bryant, Marjabelle Ruby  [1
    Born 16 May 1924  Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Mar 2007  Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I57232  Sackett
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2020 

    Father Bryant, Clarence Cullen,   d. Unknown 
    Mother ___, Marie,   d. Unknown 
    Children
    +1. Bryant, Marjabelle Ruby,   b. 16 May 1924, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 2007, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     
    Family ID F22147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Young, Jack Davison,   b. 17 Apr 1916, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 2016  (Age 99 years) 
    Married 1941  [1
    Divorced Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F22146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F22149  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 May 1924 - Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Mar 2007 - Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 16 Jan 2020.
      News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida), 5 Mar 2007, Page 22

      Deaths Elsewhere

      Young Stewart 82, former model, etiquette maven

      The Associated Press

      KEWANEE. ILL. -- Proper manners authority Marjabelle Young Stewart, the author of more than 20 books and ruler of the "White Gloves" and "Blue Blazers" children's etiquette empires, has died. She was 82.

      Stewart, who was also famous for the annual list of best-mannered cities she began issuing in 1977, died Saturday night of pneumonia at a nursing home in Kewanee, said her daughter, Jacqueline Ramont of Danville. Stewart had lived in Kewanee since moving there from Washington, D.C., in 1962.

      Stewart's career took her to the White House to teach manners to the daughters of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon and later made her a fixture on the talk-show circuit, but her early years were anything but aristocratic.

      "She was a self-made woman," Ramont said. "She always said a good handshake and good table manners would get you anywhere."

      Stewart was the second of four daughters born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Marie and Clarence Cullen Bryant, a great-grandson of poet William Cullen Bryant. The couple divorced while the girls were young and turned them over to a local orphanage called Children's Square, where one of them died.

      Although Stewart often spoke of the rigors of her orphanage upbringing, she also credited the training she received there for her knowledge of etiquette, said her granddaughter, Erin Marjabelle Albert.

      After reuniting with her mother, Stewart lived on an Iowa farm and graduated from high school in Council Bluffs. In 1941, at age 17, she married scientist Jack Davison Young and moved with him to wartime Washington, where she worked in a naval yard before being recruited for a modeling assignment. She soon became one of Washington's top models and later founded a modeling agency with two other women.

      Her modeling work brought Stewart into contact with Washington society, and while temporarily separated from Young in the 1950s, she became friendly with the young John F. Kennedy. Another social contact, the late humor columnist Art Buchwald, later persuaded her to collaborate with his wife, Ann, on a light-toned etiquette book. The result, "White Gloves and Party Manners," became an unexpected best-seller. Stewart collaborated on two other books with Ann Buchwald before going on to solo authorship.

      Stewart and Young eventually divorced, and in 1962 she married attorney William E. Stewart and moved with him to Kewanee, where he was contemplating a congressional run.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 3), 17 Jan 2020.
      Memorial ID 50062993
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/50062993

      Marjabelle Young Stewart
      Birth 16 May 1924
      Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
      Death 3 Mar 2007 (aged 82)
      Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA
      Burial Unknown

      Marabelle was a proper-manners authority,who wrote more than 20 books, and ruled the "white gloves" and "blue Blazers" children's etiquette empires died March 3rd in Kewanee, Ill.(Her father was a collateral descendant of the poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant.) Her parents divorced when she was very young, and her mother, unable to care for Marjabelle and her three sisters, placed them in a local orphanage. There, Marjabelle's youngest sister died, at 2, of a mastoid infection. She was 82.


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