Martha Ann ‘Marty’ (Adams) Steward


Martha Ann “Marty” (Adams) Steward, 90, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on June 18, 2023. She lived a full life and touched many hearts on her earthly journey.

Marty was born to Dorothy (Fuchs) and John “Smiles” Adams on July 14, 1932, in Del Norte, Colo. She lived her early life in Del Norte and frequently visited her grandparents’ ranch outside of town where she fished the Rio Grande and rode horses. She graduated from Del Norte High School and went onto get her Bachelor’s degree from Adams State College.

She married Jack Steward in 1953 and raised three children, Doug, Dave and Deb. She was devoted to her children and Jack often commented that she was the biggest kid of all. Marty spent the majority of her teaching career in Sterling, Colo., where she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a youth group leader for several years passing along her passion for God to future generations. She and Jack bought property in Creede in the 50’s, thus planting family roots deep in the Creede region. They spent several summer breaks living in the one-room cabins, making lifelong memories, and passing along their love of all things “Creede” to their family.

After retirement she couldn’t give up her passion for teaching, so returned to her childhood hobby of skiing by becoming a ski instructor at Wolf Creek Ski Area. Marty also served the Creede community as an EMT on the ambulance service.  She loved her golden retrievers, walking, fishing, spending time with family, playing games, laughing, playing the guitar and studying and worshiping her Heavenly Father.

Family that went to Jesus prior to Marty are her parents, John and Dorothy Adams of Del Norte, Colo.,  sister, Colleen Pughe from Del Norte, Colo., her husband Jack Steward, Creede, Colo., and her son, Doug Steward of Monte Vista, Colo.

Marty’s bright smile and laugh will be missed by her brother John Adams of Laurel, Mont., son David (Carol) Steward of Greeley, Colo., Daughter Deb Haverfield (Gary) from Monte Vista, Colo., six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Celebration of Life will be held Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Creede Baptist Church (600 La Garita St., Creede, Colo.) with a light lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Creede Baptist Church Youth Group, POB 151, Creede, CO 81130, or to the Mineral County Ambulance, POB 381, Creede, CO 81130.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online remembrances, words of comfort and tributes for Marty’s family, please visit