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Helen "Pinky" Steele

Memorial services will be officiated by Pastor Sam Floyd at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Rough and Ready Grange for Helen “Pinky” Steele who passed away on March 6 in Rough and Ready. She was 83.

Mrs. Steele was born on Aug. 31, 1923 to Alice and Edward Wilson in Rough and Ready. She was born on property on Pioneer Road in Rough and Ready. She lived her whole life on the property and died there at home. Mrs. Steele’s grandmother, the niece of William Flippin of the W.H. Flippin Blacksmith Shop in Rough and Ready, homesteaded the property and five generations of her family have lived there.

Mrs. Steele graduated from Rough and Ready Elementary School, Grass Valley High School in 1941 and Sierra College with the LVN School in 1975.



On March 3, 1948, she married C.D. “Steve” Steele.

Mrs. Steele worked at the Nevada County Hospital on Willow Valley Road, Dewitt Mental Hospital in Auburn and Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital in Grass Valley.




She was a member of The F.A.T.S. (The Fair and Tender Sex) of Rough and Ready, the AARP and the Nevada County Farm Bureau.

Mrs. Steele enjoyed gardening, bird watching, fishing and hunting. She also volunteered at the Penn Vally Fire Department Thrift Store.

She is survived by her children, Steven Steele of Rough and Ready, Carol Turner of Grass Valley, Tina Hoepner of West Fork, Ark.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Steele was preceded in death by her husband in 2005, C.D. “Steve” Steele; son in 1989, Alfred Neep; sisters, Edna Gilfillan and Kay Cabodi; brother, Ray Hector; and parents, Edward and Alice Wilson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Hwy., Grass Valley or to the PVFD Thrift Store.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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