7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Mrs. Lillian R. Steele

Born Into Time: February 26, 1919
Born Into Eternity: September 19, 2017

Lillian Roselle Ricks was born in Tuscumbia Alabama on February 26, 1919 to Judson and Julia Ricks.

She was number 13 of 14 children, eight of which were girls. Lillian was baptized at an early age and continued as a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, starting at High Street Church of Christ in Tuscumbia.

Lillian began her education at Trenholm Colored School, which she finished in 1939, and then went on to spend one year at Alabama A & M University. But higher education was soon interrupted by romance, in the form of Mr. Waddell C. Steele.

Waddell and Lillian were married October 8th, 1941 by Rev. Harris, who came on a mule driven wagon to marry them.

Soon after marriage, Waddell started working in Chicago, but still managed to find enough time with his bride. Together they created five children - Waddell, Beverly, Robert, LaJule and Garry. Lillian soon came to join Waddell in Chicago after the birth of their first two children and they lived on Chicago's Southside. The Steele’s enjoyed a long and happy marriage that lasted 67 years. Waddell was truly the love of her life.

Upon relocating to Chicago, Lillian joined Michigan Ave Church of Christ -which eventually became Sheldon Heights Church of Christ where she remained a faithful lifelong member.

Education was highly valued by the Steele family and Lillian spent much time both helping to foster her own children's education and the children of others. She displayed such great communication skills with the community that she was hired by Dewey School to be their School Community Representative, a position that she held until retirement.

After retirement, Lil spent countless happy hours with family -traveling back "Down South", going to nearby Fort Wayne Indiana where close family members resided- and being active in the lives of all her grandchildren, as well as her own children.

After Waddell's death in 2009, Lillian carried on living at the family home for many years, being looked over by her children and finally caregiver LaNier Crawford, until her 98th year. She was preceded in death by her oldest son Waddell and all of her siblings.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters - Beverly (Carl), LaJule (Phillip), two sons – Robert (Carol), Garry (Dollie) - as well as five grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, other relatives around the country and countless friends and acquaintances.

Lillian remained sharp witted, funny and active, until she was slowed by an illness that took her life suddenly. She continued to live a full and vibrant life until she was called home by the Lord to be with her loved ones. She will truly be missed by all whose lives she touched.

Public Viewing:

Monday, September 25, 2017
12:00PM - 7:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Sheldon Heights Church of Christ
11325 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60628


Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 E. 67th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


#5 Vivian Hoskins Taylor 2017-10-10 18:42
Mrs. Lillian you will truly be missed by your old friend and her family. We will cherish every memory and fun time spent at the Trenholm Reunion, but there will be another reunion where we will never be apart from the ones we love. To the family you have our deepest condolences, with much love and we pray your comfort in the Lord.
#4 A. Booker 2017-09-28 06:24
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”​—2 Thess . 2:16, 17
#3 Delores Jones 2017-09-25 20:26
Dear Mrs Steele,
You will be truly missed. Working with you for more than 20 years was a pleasure. I also appreciate you always stopping by after retirement to say hi and ask about my family. Rest In Peace and may God use you in Heaven like He used you on earth!

Delores Jones & Family
#2 Lisbeth 2017-09-24 20:34
Dearest Lil: We all loved you so much and will continue to love and cherish you, even though you are now with us in spirit. Big hugs, Lisbeth
#1 Beverly 2017-09-23 23:04
You are truly missed by all who knew you. You lived a life that brought happiness to so many.

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