Ellen W. Steele

May 30, 1923September 28, 2019

WEST COLUMBIA – Ellen Wolfe Steele, 96, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019. She was born May 30, 1923 in Sandy Run, SC to the late Pearl Muller and John A. Wolfe. Ellen had a degree in Cosmetology and worked over 50 years as a teacher, instructor and examiner on the State Board of Cosmetology. She was the owner of Cornell Arms Beauty Salon for a number of years.

Ellen, or better known as Nana to family and friends, was well loved and respected by all who knew her. She was the matriarch of her family. She was also the oldest living member of Faith Lutheran Church. She could often be found listening to a Carolina game or visiting with one of her extended family. In her earlier years, she enjoyed fishing, dancing, traveling and following Little League baseball. She was active in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 641.

Ellen was predeceased by her loving husband of forty-four years, Marion Fritz Steele, Sr.; beloved sister, Emmie Bozard; and oldest grandson, Edward (Eddie) O. Smith, Jr.

She is survived by her children, Marion F. Steele, Jr. (Gloria), Sandra S. Smith (Butch), Rodger A. Steele (Karen), and Mike W. Steele (Joan). She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Webb Belangia and Rev. Emily Willhide at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1717 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29169. Following the service, burial will be at Southland Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Craig Steele, Rodger Steele, Jr., Adam Steele, Brett Tynes, Trey Belangia, C.J. Steele, Derek Whisenhunt, Alex Whisenhunt, Ken Tynes and Geoff Calabrese.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.


  • Faith Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Burial following the service Thursday, October 3, 2019


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Janet Davis Phillips

October 3, 2019

Mrs. Steele was always like my second Momma when I was growing up. I fondly remember all the good times our families had together. Especially at the lake and the ball field. We really had some great times. She was such a sweet and genuine lady. I have thought of her so many times. All of y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Natalie Smith Bowman

October 2, 2019

Aunt Ellen was truly one of a kind! She welcomed me as part of the family with open arms. I loved to hear her call Barron "Barry" with her special South Carolina twang. She had such a joy for life and was a true inspiration to all who met her. I know Kay welcomed her with open arms at Heaven's door. We will all miss her but the memories will always be in our minds and in our hearts.

Lawana Furtick

October 1, 2019

Such a pretty lady! We know that you will miss her.

Bud and Lawana

Audrey Hendrix

October 1, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Ellen it is hard to pick just one. For me, my fondest memory is her love for the Lord, love for her family, and her joy in living her oh so beautiful life.

Even though she is no longer in this physical world, she lives on in my heart garden forever. I will always be smiling whenever I think of her.

Audrey Hendrix
Rockport, Texas

Lindsey Link

October 1, 2019

I remember being about seven or eight and going to Nana Ellen's house on steel drive. We were sitting at her kitchen table and she asked me if I wanted to look in her candy bowl. I remember running around her yard and playing. My mama Linda link was a customer of Ellen for years and my grandmother Girly was Ellen's best friend. I love you so much Nana Ellen you will forever be in my heart. Enjoy your new home.