Mary Steele died on April 7, 2015. She was surrounded by her family who loved and cared for her so much. Mary was born to Suzanne Werne Bryan and Volney Hewitt Bryan on January 12, 1914 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Her great faith and devotion to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, provided an inner strength that supported her throughout her life.
Mary was a kind and wonderful wife to her dear devoted husband, John William Steel, who predeceased her in 1983. She was also predeceased by her brother, Henry Werne Bryan and his wife, Frances Swope Bryan.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan Steele Biddle and William James Biddle, of Atlanta, Georgia, her daughter, Jane Steele Little Webb, of Raleigh, North Carolina and her daughter and son-in-law, Frances Steele Jones and Charles Perry Jones, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
Mary is survived by seven grandchildren, William James (Bill) Biddle, Christopher Steele Biddle and his wife, Jennifer Baker Biddle, John Richmond Little and his wife, Anna Marie Little, Allison Brewer Coyle and her husband, Michael Edward Coyle, Jennifer Jones Poore and her husband, Jonathan Poore, Bryan Gist Jones and his wife, Kendra Jones and lastly, Charles Benjamin (Ben) Jones and his wife, Lacey Magnum Jones.
Mary is also survived by nine great grandchildren, Logan Tully Biddle, Avery Steele Biddle, Ryan Henry Little, Caroline Lorraine Brewer, William Richmond Brewer, Scarlett Olivia Coyle, Isabella Brianna Jones, Austin David Jones and Laney Rae Jones. Along with her many great grandchildren, Mary is survived by two nephews, Dr. John Alexander Bryan and his wife, Ann Bryan, of Atlanta Georgia, and William (Bill) Swope Bryan of Apex, North Carolina.
Mary Steele attended the University of Louisville from 1932-1935 and transferred to the University of Kentucky where she received her BA and Masters Degree and Rank I.
Her professional organizations included Central Kentucky Women’s Club, President of Alpha Delta Kappa, and international Women’s Educational Fraternity, and in 1961 she was State President of ADK, a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was also a member of the Bluegrass Retired Teachers Association, Chairman of Woodford County Girl Scout Leaders, and also led a troop of Girl Scouts for several years.
In Mary’s retirement, she composed original poems and songs. She later moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to be closer to her three daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed by her family who loved her and all who were touched by her in their lives.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 10 at 3:30pm at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. Burial will take place in Lexington, KY.