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Cheryll Lea Steele

1939 - 2014
Cheryll Lea Steele Obituary
Cheryll Lea Steele, 74, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Memorial service: for Cheryll will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Baskin Chapel of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn. Visitation with the family will be held at 11 a.m. prior to the service, in the church parlor. A reception will be held immediately after the service in Wilson Hall for all who wish to stay and celebrate Cheryll's life. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to any of Cheryll's favorite ministries and non-profit organizations: Hope for the World Mission Offering, www.brentwoodbaptist.com/ ministries/outreach/missions.html; The Friends of Israel, www.foi.org; and The Humane Society of the United States, www.humanesociety.org. Cheryll Lea Brown was born in Fort Worth on Sept. 20, 1939, to Roy David Brown and Evelyn Inez Ash Brown. She graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1957, received her AS degree in elementary education from Arlington State College in 1959 and her BS degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University in 1961. She then moved to Corpus Christi to begin her career as a third- and fourth-grade teacher. Cheryll married Bruce Lee Steele on July 14, 1962, and began a "nomadic" life of frequent moves because of her husband's job as a chemical engineer. Cheryll and Lee lived in Augusta, Ga., the Netherlands, New York City, Scarsdale, N.Y., Des Plaines, Ill., Los Angeles, Calif., and Ponce, Puerto Rico. This chaotic period of her life ended when they settled in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1973, where they remained until 1988, when Lee was transferred to Lake Charles, La. Lee died in 1992, and Cheryll eventually moved to Nashville, Tenn. in 2000. Cheryll was a doting grandmother, known as "Kiki" to her four grandsons and granddaughter. She was an active church member in every state in which she lived. She was a Sunday school teacher, state WMU director, choir member, and even assisted her husband as he served as interim pastor at many mission churches in Pennsylvania. Cheryll has left an amazing legacy of love, faith and service, a true Proverbs 31 woman. Her children indeed called her "Blessed." Survivors: Cheryll is survived by her son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Linda, and their children, Christopher and Brendan; daughter, Allison Linney, and her children, Baxter, Garrett and Eliza; brother and sister-in-law, David and Nina Brown; nephew, Sam; and niece, Sarah Roschen.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 26, 2014
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