Cora Mae Edwards Steely, 85, youngest daughter of William Jones Edwards and Sarah Jane Hutsell Edwards, was born July 24, 1917, near Mountain Grove. She died Dec. 23, 2002. She attended one-room country schools in the Mountain Grove area including Lone Star and Brushy Knob. After her education, she worked for various families as a housekeeper, caregiver or wherever needed. She married Cona Steely July 11, 1952, at Salem, Ark. They had two daughters and lived on a farm near Elk Creek. Mrs. Steely worked for Brauer Brothers and Brown Shoe Co., where she retired in 1980. She was saved at an early age and attended Steely Chapel Church at Elk Creek, where she was Sunday School secretary for many years. Her favorite pastime was reminiscing about old times with her husband, family and friends. She enjoyed traveling around the U.S. to visit family and friends, using the Trailways Bus as her transportation. She took pride in her bead-work, sewing and fishing in the farm pond. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47.5 years April 2000; a daughter, Vera Higgins November 2002; her parents; and brothers and sisters, Edith, Elma, Ada, Elizabeth, Argus, John and Staley. Surviving are two daughters, Delores Maness of Cabool and Gloria Becker of Cleveland, Texas; one sister, Treva Trittle of Winchester, Kan.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 27 at the Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Loughridge officiating. Burial was in the Steely Chapel Cemetery at Elk Creek. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Mountain Grove. “

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