Longmont philanthropist Lila Jean Stewart dies at 85

LONGMONT — Philanthropist and longtime radio personality Lila Jean Stewart died Wednesday at the age of 85.

The Longmont Times-Call reports that Stewart died after a battle with dementia. She and her husband, Bill, moved to Longmont in 1959 and acquired the KLMO radio station. The Stewarts were benefactors of the Longmont Museum, contributing millions of dollars to the organization, including $2.3 million in funding for the Stewart Auditorium.

Lila Jean and Bill Stewart were inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2014.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 11 at the Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Ave., in Longmont.