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Myra K. Steele, 69

Myra K. Steele, 69, of Naples, Fla., formerly from West Lafayette, lost a four year battle with ovarian cancer and peacefully passed away on December 21, 2012, with family by her side. Myra was born in Indianapolis. She was the eldest daughter of Myron Duckworth and Jewel (Koger) Duckworth. Myra graduated from Broad Ripple High School, Class of 1961. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kentucky Wesleyan College, in Owensboro, Ky., and began working towards her Master's Degree in Education at Indiana University.

After completing her first year of study, Myra was given an opportunity to teach English in Bolivia for six months. Upon returning from Bolivia she began teaching English Literature to 9th graders in Brownsburg. She also taught English literature in Texas and California. Myra, an avid reader, shared her love of reading with her students, and later in life to her children and grandchildren. Her biggest passion was her family.

As a wife, she was an unconditional supporter of all of her husband's endeavors and the business they shared. She was first a teacher, then homemaker, and finally vice president and secretary of Copymat Services, Inc. Her real love was her family and friends. She was kind, loving, generous, and brave. She handled her disease with dignity and served as an example for others as she battled this dreaded disease. Even in sickness she worried more about others than herself. Many friends referred to her as an angel on Earth, a role we are sure she is now serving in heaven.

A loving person, that best describes Myra. She built a strong loving foundation for her children and supported them in many ways. She was a room mother, tennis team parent, and her children's biggest fan in athletics and extra-curricular activities. Her love for her family showed in everything she did. Myra's other joy was cooking. She took great pleasure in cooking and baking for her family and extended family. She also used her cooking talents to benefit others outside of the family.

For many years, Myra assisted Lafayette Urban Ministry by preparing and donating turkeys and sides for their Community Thanksgiving Meal. Myra also supported other community organizations, such as Tippecanoe County Mental Health and the Battered Wives Shelter in Lafayette. Myra was also an affiliated member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, both in college and after graduation.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 45 years, Donald Steele, of Naples; daughter, Yvonne (Steele) Abrahamson and husband, Richard of West Lafayette; and son, Brent Steele of Tampa, Fla. She was a proud grandmother to two adoring grandchildren, Brianne and Zachary Abrahamson, of West Lafayette. Also surviving are her sister, Judy (Duckworth) Welsh of Harrisonburg, Va., and brother, Jim Duckworth and his wife, Cindy of Indianapolis. Other close family members include, Larry and Debbie Semla, Ron Steele, Joe and Patricia Bagby and their families; five nieces and six nephews. Myra was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; mother and father-in-law, Ray and Esther Steele; brothers-in-law, John P. Welsh and Larry A. Steele; two sisters-in-law preceded her in death Dianne Steele and Stace Steele.

A visitation will be held at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, 1184 Sagamore Pkwy W., West Lafayette, on December 28th, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, at University Lutheran Church, 100 S. Chauncey Ave, West Lafayette. In an effort to continue Myra's support, memorial donations can be made to Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County or YWCA Domestic Violence Program.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2012
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