BANDERA Katheryn "Queenie" Leigh Bunton Steen, age 82, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Bandera with family at her side. Queenie was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 23, 1930. She was a native of Marfa, Texas and lived there her entire life. Queenie graduated from Marfa High School, attended Southern Methodist University and later graduated from the University of Texas
in Austin. After college she returned to Marfa to pursue what would become her lifelong passion - teaching math, but most importantly teaching students about life. It was in Marfa that she met her husband and soulmate, Jim Bob Steen, who moved to Presidio County as the extension agent. Queenie and Jim Bob lived on the family ranch south of Marfa where they raised quality Hereford cattle under the expertise of "Mr. Kenneth" Smith. Her love of Hereford cattle led to her membership in the West of the Pecos Cattlewomen, the Texas and American Hereford Women's Auxiliaries, having served them in numerous leadership positions. She received the American Junior Hereford Association Honorary Member Golden Bull in 1989, and was named an honorary member of the Texas Hereford Association in 1995. She was honored to have been inducted into the Big Bend Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2006. Club and volunteer work were important to Queenie and she was a member of the Marfa History Club and the Western District and Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. She served many officer positions in each of those organizations and was named a Marfa History Club Life Member in 2000. Her greatest thrill in life, however, remained teaching and her legacy will live on in all of the lives she was able to touch. She always said that her greatest blessing was to be able to teach students who wanted to learn. She dedicated her entire life to the profession, teaching in Marfa for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Bob Steen; her son, James Robert Steen; her mother, Jessie Leigh Gourley Bunton; her father, Owen McCulloch Bunton; and sister Anabelle Bunton Wray. She is survived by her daughter, Jettie Leigh Steen Whitlock and her husband, Lee, of Bandera; former daughter-in law Susan Turner Knost and husband Don of Carthage, Mo.; her grandchildren, Jamie Katheryn Steen of Carthage, Jim Bob Steen II of Lubbock, Randall Leigh Whitlock Ussery and husband John of San Antonio, Jessica Turner Steen Scott and husband Bill of Carthage. She was Great Nana to one great-grandchild, Raeleigh Mae Ussery of San Antonio. Her extended family includes her caretakers, Socorro Whatley, Lena Ontiveroz and Helen Alsobrook of Marfa. The family would like to extend a special thank you to them as well as the staff at Big Bend Regional Medical Center and the Bandera Rehabilitation Center for the extraordinary care that they provided. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity or organization of one's choice or First Presbyterian Church. Queenie was involved with the Presidio County Livestock Show Association, the West Texas Boys Ranch, the Marfa Public Library and she supported organizations that promoted youth. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Presbyterian Church in Marfa. Graveside service will follow.