Few more relieved than Daytona widow Kathy Stewart who rode out hurricane Irma alone in closet of her 17th story condo

Photos for Headline Surfer / Kathy Stewart posted an image of sunset Monday in the wake of Irma, saying in part: 'Life is good.'
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Her Facebook page profile says "married," but make no mistake about it: Widow Kathy Stewart rode out Hurricane Irma alone and in the dark of a closet in her towering beachside condo.

On Dec. 30, Stewart announced, "My husband Peter passed away peacefully with me by his side yesterday at 5:30 pm at the Hospice Care Center. As most of you know, he has been battling Alzheimer's & was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He was 72. I was the love of his life & he spoiled me rotten. I have never met such a wonderful & kind human being. I want to take this time to thank my family, friends & FB friends for all your love, support & prayers over the past few years. It really meant the world to me & helped me get through some really rough times. God Bless you all and I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Hold on to your loved and always let them know you care!"

When Hurricane Irma came screaming up Central Florida, her outer bands scraping, gouging and tossing nearly everything in sight along the Atlantic coastline, the only person Stewart had to hold onto was herself in the recesseses and blackness of her bedroom closet, the door shut tight in front of her on the 17th floor of the Oceans 8 Condomininiums. 

"I think I need to be clear regarding Irma," said Stewart, a longtime judicial assistant for for 23 years in the 7th Judicial Circuit until her retirement in 2003, a span of 23 years. "I have lived here 40 yrs & never experienced anything like this." 

Stewart was clear about her horrowing experience: "It was beyond anything I could describe & absolutely terrifying. I slept in my closet & prayed for the best. I am also convinced that hurricane shutters are priceless & that God is good. I had enough loss this year & I think God was watching over me! Amen!"

Kathy Stewart rode out Hurricane Irma in 17th story condo closet in Daytona / Headline SurferWhen Hurricane Irma came screaming up Central Florida, her outer bands scraping, gouging and tosing nearly everything in sight along the Atlantic coastline, the only person Stewart had to hold onto was herself in the recesseses and blackness of her bedroom closet, the door shut tight in front of her on the 17th floor of the Oceans 8 Condomininium. 

"I think I need to be clear regarding Irma," said Stewart, a longtime judicial assistant for for 23 years in the 7th Judicial Circuit until her retirement in 2003, a span of 23 years. "I have lived here 40 yrs & never experienced anything like this." 

Stewart was clear about her horrowing experience: "It was beyond anything I could describe & absolutely terrifying. I slept in my closet & prayed for the best. I am also convinced that hurricane shutters are priceless & that God is good. I had enough loss this year & I think God was watching over me! Amen!"

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.