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Linda Rae Hathaway Steele

1939 - 2001

STEELE Linda Rae Hathaway Steele, a 27-year Edmond resident, joined her Lord and Savior on Saturday, the 20th of January 2001, at 9:46 p.m., from complications due to dilated cardiomyopathy. She was born on December 14, 1939, in Des Moines, IA, to Karl and Alice (Smith) Hathaway. She grew up in Rogers, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Journalism.  

On June 3, 1961, she married John W. Steele and they raised their family in Oklahoma. She was a homemaker, writer and also had worked in retail sales. In addition to being a loving and giving wife, mother, grandmother (Chi Chi) and friend, she was a volunteer and supporter of many community services and charities. She was a member of the following: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Gadfly Writers Group, Chapter BF of PEO, Oklahoma Alumni Panhellenic where she was voted Panhellenic Woman of the Year, 1976, Junior Hospital ity and the Society for the Prevention of Blindness. She was a volunteer for HDSA, of OK, Ronald McDonald House, Deaconess Hospital. Red Cross, March of Dimes, and was a Docent at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. She was a past chairperson and member of the Jewel Box Board of Advisors, Oklahoma Writers (OWFI) and Oklahoma City Writers.  

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Alice Hathaway and sister, Marilyn Hathaway Early. She is survived by her devoted husband of 39 years, John W. Steele; and children, Cathy Killion and husband, Alan of Owasso, OK, Christy Kessler and husband, Tod of Edmond, OK, Steve Steele and wife, Collette of LaQuinta, CA, and Cindy Harrod and husband, Chris of Oklahoma City, OK.  

Bringing tremendous joy to her life were her ten precious and beautiful grandchildren, Grant, Blaine, Clark and Garrett Killion, Brandon and Austin Kessler, Remington and Anna Steele, and Dalton and Kellan Harrod. She also leaves behind two loving nephews, John Pawling and wife, Mary Beth and their children, Charles and Olivia of Ellicott City, MD and Jeff Early of Auburn, WA.

Linda will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huntington's Disease Society of America, Oklahoma Chapter, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Jewel Box Theatre and Lyric Theatre.  

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Wed., January 24, 2001, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edmond, OK. Preparation by Wilbert Crematorium under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper.

Published in The Daily Oklahoman, January 23, 2001.

Lindas husband John is the son of Walter and Catharine Kitty McColgan Hagenbucher of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; grandson of John and Mary Jane Tinneny McColgan of Pennsauken, New Jersey and Great-grandson of Patrick Yankee Pat Tinneny of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his wife Margaret Malloy.




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