Tahlequah Daily Press

November 26, 2013

Lula Fisher Steeley


TAHLEQUAH — Funeral services for Lula Fisher Steeley will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Clayton Sellers officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for Lula’s family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Lula will be her family, Justin Keys, Dusty Steeley, Jayson Steeley, Wesley Stepp, Mike Fisher, and Duane Fisher. Honorary pallbearers include Todd Fisher, Keith Fisher, Les Fisher, Ryan Nace, Phillip Barnett, Roger Dale Harvey, Eric Fisher, and Jerry Qualls.

Lula Fisher Steeley was born on Dec. 8, 1939, in Peggs, the daughter of Wallace and Minnie (Spradlin) Fisher. She had eight brothers and sisters, which meant boredom was never an issue. Upon completing high school, she attended Northeastern State University.

She married the love of her life, Lesley “Les” Albert Steeley, on Feb. 23, 1966. This union was blessed with one son and one daughter, and lasted until Les passed from this life on Aug. 6, 2008.

Lula worked as a social worker for Department of Human Services. She loved helping people and dedicated many long hours to helping those entrusted to her care. When she retired from DHS, Lula continued her giving spirit by working for the Cherokee Nation until her health would no longer permit her to work.

Whenever she wasn’t working, Lula loved to play softball and raised her children playing softball as well. She spent a lot of time on the phone talking to family and friends, keeping up with the latest news. Singing gospel music was a favorite pastime.

When Les retired from the police force, Lula and Les enjoyed socializing at the casino with friends and taking trips to Tunica for a little relaxation. She was a staunch Democrat and a member of the Democratic Women’s Association. She would often engage her family in banter over politics and other related topics. Lula was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Tahlequah chapter.

Lula was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She loved and admired her grandchildren for everything they tried and accomplished. She went the extra mile to show her love for them in all the little things she did. A Christian by faith, Lula was a member of the Blue Springs Baptist Church in Gideon Community.

After Les passed away, Lula’s health began to fail her. The Lord called his good and faithful servant home on Friday, Nov. 22 in Tahlequah, with her family gathered at her side. Lula was 73 years old. She will be greatly missed by her family and the many lives she has touched over the years.

She is preceded in death by her father; her husband; two brothers, Richard Fisher and Eugene Fisher; and two sisters, Gladys Cook and Sharon Fisher.

Those left to celebrate her life include her children, Jay Steeley and wife Cathy of Claremore, and Janet Houseberg and husband Tim of Miami, Okla.; and her beloved mother, Minnie Fisher of Peggs. She leaves two brothers and two sisters, Raydean Fisher of Phoenix; Norman Fisher and wife Jeannie of Tahlequah; Barbara Nace and husband Ronnie of Peggs; and Kathy Barnett and husband Paul of Cedarville, Ark.

Her legacy lives on in her eight grandchildren, Jayme Stepp and husband Wesley of Tahlequah; Jayson Steeley and wife Kaela of Olathe, Kan.; Justin Keys and wife Emily of Tahlequah; Dusty Steeley of Norman; Kelsy Keys of Tulsa; Kendal Moore of Verdigris; Jesse Myers and wife Mykell of Catoosa; and Lacy Myers of Claremore.

She leaves four great-grandchildren and one soon to join the family, Jaelyn, Wyatt, Emerson, and Rosha; a sister-in-law, Rowena Qualls and husband Jerry of Peggs; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.