Helen June Steakley
June 15, 1923 – September 12, 2018
Helen June Steakley June 15, 1923 - September 12, 2018
Helen June Steakley, 95, passed away peacefully with family on September 12, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother and Grams, adored and loved by all who knew her.
Helen was born in Wood County, East Texas to Chester Lafayette Richards and Alice Coreta Heim Richards, one of 13 children. She lived in Pensacola, FL as a child, then moved with the family to Oklahoma City, where she attended catholic school. She returned to Pensacola to live with a sister after graduation and worked as a dental assistant, enjoying the beach and big band dances with friends. After returning to Oklahoma City, she met and married the love of her life, a handsome young Army man named Johnny Steakley, who had just returned home from World War II. They started their family, having two sons and four daughters. In addition to being a homemaker, Helen later worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City for twenty years as an Administrative Assistant and was an Assistant Manager for several rental properties in Oklahoma City before and after her retirement. Family was so important to her and she found great joy in the time spent with her children and grandchildren and the family gatherings. She was a strong, fun-loving, selfless, witty, kind and compassionate woman with a heart of gold. Helen will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew and loved her. Her legacy of love and laughter will live on in the hearts of all of the lives she touched and she is now safe in the arms of our Lord for eternity, dancing in heaven with her beloved Johnny, son Steve, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John L. Steakley Jr., son Steven Randolph Steakley and 12 siblings. She is survived by devoted children, Danny Steakley (Kathy) of Edmond, OK, Cinde Michaud (Tom) of Edmond, OK, Debi Young (David) of Arcadia, OK, Leigh Ann Adams of Flower Mound, TX and Trish Ewing of Edmond, OK; eighteen grandchildren, Sarah Pruellage (William), Lauren Brollier (Tucker), Kristi Steakley (Jonathan), Anna Johnson (Jay), Shannon Winsor, Ben Michaud (Heather), Alex Michaud (Jane), Missy Madewell (Mark), Jeff Young (Adrian), Tim Young (Amy), Emily McKee (Josh), Dawn Charters, Amanda Parrish (Brennan), Renee Stanley (Matthew), Brad Ewing (Bonnie), Kevin Ewing (Alyssa), Brent Ewing (Natasha) and Kelly Ewing; thirty great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Ruth Richards and Flip Gurley and many nieces and nephews in different states. She had love for all of her family.
Rosary service will be on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 13313 N. Kelley Ave, Edmond, OK. Visitation to follow from 2-8pm, family and friends are invited. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30am at St. John the Baptist Church, 900 S. Littler Ave., Edmond, OK. Burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 13313 N. Kelley Ave., Edmond, OK.
- Jeff Young
- Tim Young
- Ben Michaud
- Alex Michaud
- Brad Ewing
- Brent Ewing
- Kevin Ewing, Honorary Bearer
- Rosary Service Sunday, September 16, 2018
- Visitation Sunday, September 16, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 17, 2018
Helen June Steakley
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September 17, 2018
Grams, I wasn't able to be at the funeral today to watch your burial but I am grateful I was with you the day you entered your eternal home. You have been there for me for the last 41 years in ways that no other person on this earth ever has. You were the one person I loved more than anything in the world and you showed us all the time that you felt the same way! I will never forget seeing your face light up as I walked into your 95th birthday party. You said "Well, I am so happy you made it:" You were always happy to see each and every one of us, your hugs and loving words will never be forgotten! You took your last breath on the pillow I bought you for your last birthday on this earth. I will think of all you have taught me while you were here doing God's work every night as I lay my head down to sleep. You are my hero and the legacy you left behind I promise to carry as best as I can throughout my own family. Gram's I know that I could never be half the woman you were but if I only make it halfway I will be proud. No one can top my GRAMS!!! I love you now and always....