Friday, April 26, 2013

Mary Allye Steele (1900-1969)

Mary Allye Steele was born in Sicily Island on March 4, 1900 to the marriage of Isham Alfonso "Al" Steele and Mary Virginia "Mollie" Blackman.

She was the second child born to this marriage and was a sister to Edna, Clara Lucille and Lena Juanita Steele.

On March 29, 1926, Allye married Bruce Edmonds who was born on January 23, 1904 in Whelen Springs, Clark County, Arkansas.

Allye and Bruce originally lived in a little house on the street that runs behind the current location of the Post Office.

After the deaths of Al and Mollie, they moved into the old Steele house located behind the bank.

In the 1950s Allye and Bruce swapped houses with their only child, Bruce Alfonso Edmonds and his wife, Mildred Bynum Edmonds who were living with four of their children in a smaller house next door.

Allye had a great love for animals which was always evident by the number of cats and dogs she took in and tended.

Some of the most beautiful roses could be found growing along the fence row beside her house.  On the opposite side of the house were huge Magnolia trees with sweet smelling blooms and large branches upon which her grandchildren loved to play.

Allye's other hobbies included playing bridge with friends and playing the piano.

She once attempted to teach her youngest granddaughter how to play the song, "There is No Place Like Home".  While this granddaughter never became a concert pianist, she did take the song to heart.

Mary Allye Steele Edmonds passed from this life on August 12, 1969.  She is buried alongside her husband, Bruce Edmonds, in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

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