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Ethel Louise (Story) Steele

September 3, 1938 ~ April 20, 2018 (age 79)

Ethel Louise Steele, age 79, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Ethel was born on September 3, 1938, in Connersville, the daughter of Garner Story and Sophronia Fetty.

In 1969 she married Lawrence Steele, and the two of them left Indiana in 1978 after a severe blizzard to replace the cold and snow with the beach and sand of St. Cloud Florida.  They lived in Florida for close to fifteen years and eventually moved back to Brookville, Indiana.  Mom worked a variety of jobs including being a waitress, working at a hospital and briefly even as a baker at Walt Disneyworld.

Ethel had a dry sense of humor, was caring, thoughtful and was someone you could easily talk to.  She enjoyed gardening and loved hummingbirds.   Ethel was also a volunteer for meals on wheels.  At times you could find her at the casino where she enjoyed playing the penny slots and even once found herself winning $1500. 

As her health deteriorated, mom mentioned she would like to see the ocean one last time and watch the sun as it set.  In 2016 during Christmas, she visited her daughter in San Diego, California.  Toni is forever thankful that she could share those memories as they chased the waves from Coronado to La Jolla.   Together with her great-granddaughter Maya, Ethel felt the wind in her hair and smelled the salt of the sand while watching the kaleidoscope of colors fade away.  She was the cornerstone of her daughter’s life, and she will greatly miss the two daily phone calls to see how she was doing and to share the latest news with one another.

Ethel is survived by her husband, Lawrence Steele of Brookville; her daughter, Toni Ferman of San Diego, California; a sister, Myrna Allen of Laurel, Indiana; and a niece who was more like a daughter, Robin (Gregg) Phillips of Bloomington, Indiana.  Also left behind are two step-daughters, Janice (Mike) Cade of Aurora, Indiana and Loree (Tim) Persinger of West College Corner, Indiana; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

There will be no ceremony as this was Ethel’s wish.  Her ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.  Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, Connersville, Indiana has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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