Violet G. Steele 1914-2000

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Violet G. Steele died Aug. 8, 2000, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 85.

She was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Eminence, Mo., to George W. and Mary A. (Pankey) Meineke.

She lived in a several states during her early life and came to Moffat County in 1923, traveling with her family by horse and wagon to settle in the lower Elkhead area where she attended school for the next three years. In 1926, her family moved to Craig where she continued her education. The family also lived in Hayden for a short period of time.

Violet married Sam J. Steele on Oct. 6, 1933. They had three sons. Sam worked in road construction and the couple owned and operated their own businesses during and immediately after World War II.

In the fall of 1947, Sam and Violet moved to a ranch near Maybell where they raised cattle, hay, grain and their sons. For almost 25 years, Violet was involved in most civic activities in Maybell.

The Steeles were among a small group that was instrumental in the construction of a new Congregational Church in Maybell. Sam was a Moffat County commissioner for 16 years and Violet actively supported him in that effort.

In 1970, the Steeles moved to Craig where Sam retired in 1980. Violet worked in retail sales in Craig for more than 20 years until her retirement.

Violet's interests included homemaking, cooking, gardening, fishing and needlework. She served as a volunteer with the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Food Bank.

She is survived by her sons, Don of Maybell, Darryl of Maybell and Bob of Steamboat Springs; three sisters, Luella Unice, Exonia Batterman and Elsa Stockton; a brother, Ole Meineke; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A service was held Aug. 14 at the First Congregational Church in Craig with the Rev. Ed Mendenhall officiating. Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.

Contributions in Violet's memory can be made to the Interfaith Food Bank, P.O. Box 1312, Craig, 81625.

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