Lillie Mae Steele, 77, of Sandusky, departed from this life on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Dekalb, Miss., daughter of the late Elmer and Rosie Lee (Griffin) Henson. Lillie graduated from Winston High School in Dekalb. She was united in holy matrimony to Cozzie T. Steele on Dec. 15, 1956.
She moved to Sandusky and joined Porter's Memorial CME Church where she served faithfully for many years as a stewardess and sang in the choir. Her life was truly a testimony of her faith and she was cherished by all who knew her.
She retired from Ohio Veterans Home in 1998. Lillie is survived by her three children, Terry Steele, of Pflugerville, Texas, Evelyn Holmes, of Euclid, Ohio, and Tracy Steele, of Cleveland; five sisters, Annie Ruth Shumate and Angelene Henson, of Sandusky, Melverta Huntley, of Toledo, Lorraine Dunn, of Cincinnati, and Martha Faye Henson, of Chicago; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and other special friends.
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 55 years, Cozzie T. Steele; parents; five brothers, Elmer Lee, Floyd, Algene, Wes and Luther Henson; two sisters, Ora B. Steele, and Effie D. Philon.
She enjoyed cooking, helping others and spending time with family and friends. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, until funeral services at 11 a.m. at Porters Memorial CME Church, 1722 Third St., Sandusky.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be shared at toftfh.com.