Lydia Stewart. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee.
Lydia Stewart is one of five individuals who will receive the Judge Carroll Community Service Award, sponsored by the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) of Contra Costa County.
She is the owner and operator of Stewart’s Rose Manor Funeral Service in Richmond. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she studied at the UCLA and University of San Francisco Law School.
She has served on the California Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) Board of Directors. In 2002, she was awarded “”Young Funeral Director of the Year” by the association for her community work and contribution to the funeral industry.
She also has served on Girls Inc. of Richmond Board of Directors.
Stewart is a member of North Richmond Missionary Baptist Church and the Women Missionary, actively participating in the Annual Youth Day.
Dedicated to teaching youth, she has taught English in both Los Angeles and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts and has taught dance and drama at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2007, she coordinated and taught etiquette seminars in Richmond for both boys and girls 13-19 years of age. The seminars were featured on Bay Area Channels 2 and Channel 5 evening news.
She continues to teach etiquette with Richmond Police Athletic League, Girls’s Inc. and local churches.
Following in her father’s footsteps, she is a member of Ashlars Chapter No.47 Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation, and she is a lifetime member of the NAACP.