Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lena Juanita "Nita" Steele (1915-1982)

Lena Juanita "Nita" Steele was born on November 4, 1915 in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

She was the fourth child born to the marriage of Isham Alfonso "Al" Steele and Mary Virginia "Mollie" Blackman.

Her siblings were Edna who died in infancy, Mary Allye, and Clara Lucille.

1920 U. S. census

1930 U. S. census

(LtoR) Mary Allye, Lena Juanita and Clara Lucille Steele

On April 29, 1938, Nita married William Smith Peck, III.  William was born on June 11, 1916 to the marriage of William Smith Peck, Jr. and Barbara Estelle Woodward.

1940 U. S. census

Lena Juanita "Nita" Steele Peck died on March 26, 1982.  She is buried in the family cemetery on the Ferry Plantation in Sicily Island.  William Smith Peck, III died on February 24, 1987 and is entombed at the Highland Park Mausoleum in Sicily Island.

Two children were born to Nita and William.

William "Will" Smith, IV, 1939-1989 (m. Stirling Elizabeth Files)
Betty Florence, 1944-2010 (m. Jack Shaffer)

Lena Juanita "Nita" Steele Peck was my paternal great aunt.

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