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Joye Steele


Last updated 8/19/2014 at Noon

Joye Carolyn Fitzgerald Steele, 86, of Bluffton, SC, formerly of Orange, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, in Bluffton.

Born July 8, in Arkansas to Oliver Albert Fitzgerald and Barbara Ann Fitzgerald, she resided in Bluffton for the last 20 years ,and had previously lived in Orange. Joye was of the Baptist faith. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed growing plants, taking care of children and reading.

Joye is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Durham Steele, and her son, Gary Steele.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters, Olivia Graham and husband, Nick, and Carla Steele, all of Orange, Catherine Ford and husband, Jim of Bluffton, and Sara Peterson and husband, Billy of Orange; sons, Barry Steele and wife, Patty of Orange and Jerry Steele and wife, Christina of Bridge City; sister, Lorieta Richards of Seattle Wa; brother, Ralph Fitzgerald of WV; 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A gathering of Joye’s family and friends for a time of reflection and sharing will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday, Aug. 22, at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. For those who desire donations, a donation to assist the family with final expenses would be appreciated.

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