was born August 1, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri and adopted at birth by Dwight and Gretchen Van Del. As a young girl, she liked to captivate an audience whether as a ballerina or as a magician’s assistant to her brother, Curtis Van Del She graduated from Notre Dame De Sion high school. By the age of 26, Sally had given birth to five children. She was an amazing and loving mother. Sally was the co-owner of a Western Art Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Being a woman who never settled, Sally expanded her family in 1977 when she married Raymond J. Steele and moved to Sedona where she became a real estate broker. They had a passion for travel and never stood still for long. In the summer you can find them in Alaska. Over the winters, they’ve been to Mexico and Arizona, with plenty of national and international pit stops in between.
Sally never met a stranger and was a best friend to many. She had a penchant for entertainment and never missed an opportunity to celebrate. One of her greatest joys was cooking and lodging, she always said “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Sally made beautiful jewelry and donated more earrings than anyone else. She was always planning her next adventure because no one could slow her down. She loved shopping, going out to eat and really enjoying the finer things in life. She was generous, charming, adventurous and was truly one of a kind. Sally was known by many names and won many titles including sister, mother, mother-in-law, friend, amigo, confidante, aunt, Nana and finally, our queen. Sally never lived in fear and always did what she wanted. Always.
Sally V. Steele passed away peacefully on July 30, 2021 at the age of 83, surrounded by her five children in a loving room. Sally’s legacy lives on through her children, Diane Gerrettie, Denise Stearley (Mike), Hal Munsell (Kathy), Mimi Dailey (Dave) and Kimberly Wilmer (Tom); her stepchildren, Sheri Downward (Mark), Robert Steele and Jennifer Steele; his brothers, Curtis Van Del, SJ and Jay Shaw; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond J. Steele; her parents Dwight and Gretchen Van Del, and her birth mother, Avis Hinks; and his brother, Mike Shaw. An obituary will never do justice to a life as grand and remarkable as Sally’s. Sally’s style, raise your glasses to her favorite toast and a life well lived. “May you never lie, steal, cheat or drink. But if you must lie, lie for a friend. If you must steal, steal a kiss. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink with me .”
A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Sally At St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Saturday November 13, 2021 at 11:00 am With a reception after 5150 North Valley View Road Tucson AZ 85718
Posted by Arizona Daily Star on October 31, 2021.