Serenity (Sera) Janet Stewart was born July 12, 1978 at Doctors Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to Dale Mason and Marilyn Petersen Stewart. Sera was raised in Tempe, AZ along with her three brothers, Beau, Matt and Roy. As the sparkle in the family, she was always happy, smiling, a joy to be around, and making friends wherever she went. When she was eight, she learned to braid hair, and eventually playing with hair became her life’s work as a Corona del Sol High School and International Academy of Hair Design beauty school graduate in 1996.
She met her husband, Ryan Allen, when he came in for a hair cut and, although they had lived within a mile of each other their whole lives, this was the meeting that was the start of a beautiful family. Ryan and Sera married on May 16, 1998 at her parent’s home in Tempe, AZ and have four wonderful boys – Hayden R Allen, Porter D Allen, Owen G Allen and Sawyer S Allen; their boys were the light and love of her life.
She was a wonderful mother, always thinking of fun places to go and things to do, and loved camping and being outdoors. Sera and Ryan moved to Cache Valley, UT in 2003 and stayed for 8 years where she made many lasting friendships. They moved back to Arizona in 2011, they were able to buy their dream home in San Tan Valley where she started making new friends. She went to work at Salon G and made friends with coworkers and clients and she reconnected with all her friends from childhood. Her favorite holiday was the 4th of July and she loved the parade in Show Low, AZ where they went each holiday. She loved family and friends, and was always interested in what was happening in their lives. She celebrated their triumphs and mourned their sadness, and was a friend to all who met her.
She died September 21st after a 19 month battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) 4, brain cancer. Survived by her husband, Ryan; her boys, Hayden, Porter, Owen and Sawyer; her mother, Marilyn Stewart; her brothers, Beaudry (Amy) Stewart and Roy (Hillary) Stewart; her sisters, Wendy (Bob) Kitts, Penny (Vic) Markiewicz and DaleAnn Stewart; Nieces and Nephews, numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins. She is joining her father, Dale Stewart, her brother, Matthew Stewart, her grandparents, Homer and Alma Petersen and her Nana, Margaret Stewart.
A Celebration of Life will be held October 8th, at The Falls Event Center, 4635 E Baseline Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234. In lieu of flowers we request donations to the family for their needs.