Martha Irene Stewart De Leon, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 4, 2018. Born on May 15, 1960 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Judith Zucker Stewart and James Stewart. After high school she continued her education at Newcomb College of Tulane University, Class of 1982, where she received a BA in International Business.
She worked many jobs, including market development/senior project manager/strategic marketing director for AT&T-Bell Labs/Lucent. On Dec. 24, 1987, she married Tavo DeLeon in Chicago, and they resided in Oak Park. She was a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and a lifelong FLW aficionado.
A devoted dog owner and dog lover, she was also a world traveler, crossing the Atlantic on the QE2; an archeological dig in Oaxaca, Mexico; a bamboo raft trip down the Li River, Guilin, China; and 3rd class rail from Spain to Morocco. A lover of indigenous cultures, colorful stylish clothes, and fly fishing, she was also a Master SH Yu Martial Arts participant, an arts teacher (Craft Fairy at Ninja Camp) and a talented member of the Process Painting Studio.
Martha is survived by her husband Gustavo “Tavo” De Leon Jr.; her sister, Katherine Margaret Stewart West; Freyja (canine); and many devoted friends and family for whom she was a loving, classy inspiration.