Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC


Helen Apple Steed

July 29, 1928August 3, 2020

Helen Steed, 92, of Raleigh, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, August 3rd, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Frank W. Steed Jr.; granddaughter, Lauren Anne Foyle and sisters Nancy Nowlan and Edna Earl Klibbe of Raleigh. She is survived by daughters, Kim Wheeler and Leigh Bottenfield of Raleigh; her granddaughter Lindsay Helena Rodgers of Raleigh; sister Martha Pate of Asheboro and brother-in-law Charles Steed of TN; nieces Lois Bagley of Asheboro, Ginger Pate of Winterville, Kathy Roddy of FL, Judy Schubert of Cary; nephews Tommy Pate of Winterville, Ras Bagley of Asheboro, and Randy Steed of TN.

Helen was born in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on July 29th, 1928. She is a graduate of Peace College. She worked for Westinghouse in the early 1960’s but spent the majority of her career working in administration for Wake County Public Schools. She was a longtime member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Raleigh. She was an avid southern cook who kept alive the legacy of her mother’s recipes throughout her lifetime, and in her downtime enjoyed nothing more than quiet reflection with her Bible. Helen was a steadfast and devoted friend, and deeply cherished her longtime friendships with Paula Long, Tate Wall, Eva Stutts, Mary Richardson, Josephine Downey, Linda Layton, Betty Taylor and Barbara Fuehl.

Helen loved and honored her family above all else. There was no greater love than that of the love between Helen and her soul mate and husband Frank. Together they raised two daughters, Kim and Leigh, who brought them both immeasurable happiness. Her greatest sadness in life was the loss of her granddaughter Lauren, followed by her greatest joy, the birth of her granddaughter Lindsay Helena.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 11th 2020 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, for a visitation from 11 am to noon, followed by a funeral service in the same location from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to friends and family alike for all of their love and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 4801 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • Graveside Service to Follow

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020


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Beverly Jones

August 14, 2020

Kim and Leigh.

Dale joins me in extending our deepest sympathy to you and your families upon learning of the homegoing of your beloved mother. We were honored to know her and Frank during our years at St. Mark’s. They were a fine couple who deeply loved their children.

May our Lord continue to comfort you as He fills you with His wisdom and peace.

In His sympathy,
Beverly Jones

Elisabeth McMahon

August 10, 2020

Our deepest condolences to all of Mrs. Steed's family. We enjoyed being her neighbor and chatting with her as she enjoyed time outside.
We especially appreciated witnessing her sweet friendship with Miss Mary and listening to them talk about Raleigh and the neighborhood over the past 40+ years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Elisabeth McMahon

Susan Steed Muse

August 7, 2020

I'm so sorry. Your mom was always such a kind, pleasant person and sure did love her girls and your dad. I have fond memories of listening to our parents reminisce.

Thoughts and prayers are with you In the days ahead.



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