Betty Mae Steele |

Betty Mae Steele

Betty Mae Steele
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Betty Steele passed away on Aug. 2, 2017, in Aurora, Colorado, at age 80, following a short illness.

Betty was born and raised in Lebanon, Indiana. At age 18, in 1955, she married Gordon Steele and moved to Colorado. Betty and Gordon raised their children in Oak Creek. Betty was the choir director for the Methodist Church and also gave private music lessons for many years. She loved to sing and play piano and later learned to play and enjoy the guitar. Betty was a volunteer EMT in Oak Creek in the 1970s. She and Gordy cared for 16 foster children in their home through the course of five years. In later life, she worked as an aid in special education classrooms, which she enjoyed very much.

After Betty and Gordon left Oak Creek in 1979, they lived in Craig; Grand Junction; Anaconda, Montana; and Yuma Arizona.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Steele; her son, Morgan Wells Steele; infant son, Jeffry Brian Steele; her parents, Emil and Winifred Perkins; a dear cousin, Ruth Ann Perkins, and many precious aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.

She is survived by her children, Marcia (Hank) Slosson of Anaconda, Montana; and their family; Angie (Steve) Butterworth of Aurora, and Toby Steele of Fort Lupton. Survivors also include her granddaughter, Leah Landes, of Durango; nephews Russ (Renee) Steele and their family; Evan (Marga) Steele of Australia and their family; Chad (Sharon) Steele and their family; and niece Spring (Monte) Phillips. She is also survived by precious cousins and in-laws too numerous to mention.

Ashes will be interred at a family ceremony in the fall, with a celebration of life to be held in summer 2018.

As Betty wrote for Gordy’s memorial celebration, “Don’t be sad.” She had a good life. She squeezed all the living she could into it.

Memorial donations may be made to Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena, Montana.

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