Mary M. Steele, 72, of Effingham, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, with burial in Arborcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Mary was born Dec. 29, 1939, in Shelby County, the daughter of Vernon and Pearl (Daniels) Gillespey. She married Gene Steele on June 5, 1994, and he preceded her in death in 1996. Mary was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Effingham.
Mary is survived by her two sons, Lester Bivens of St. Elmo and Michael (Joyce) Dial of Charleston; one daughter, Linda (Aven) Snyder of Effingham; two brothers, Ted Margwarth of Holiday, Fla., and Joe Gillespey of Erick, Okla.; four sisters, Lillie F. Brown of Effingham, Lucille Sisson of Shelbyville, Laura Gillespey of Stewardson and Ann Knifley of Mattoon; and many grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; brother, John Gillespey; and sister, Rose Gillespey.