Gladys Myers Steele, formerly of Brookdale, 220 Southwestern Drive, Lakewood, N.Y., and 128 Richard Ave., Falconer, N.Y., died Jan. 9, 2017, in Fairport, N.Y., at the age of 95.
An area resident most of her life, she was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Jamestown, the daughter of Ralph J. Conner and Alice Parkinson Conner. Gladys cherished growing up with her many cousins on both sides of her family.
Gladys was a former member of Christ First United Methodist Church and is a member of Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown. She was a 1938 graduate of Jamestown High School. She and her first husband were employed by Jamestown Lounge and Union National as representatives of those furniture companies at the Jamestown Furniture Mart.
When she married James Erskine Myers at the early part of World War II, the Army moved them to Tulsa, Okla., Hopkinsville, Ky., Augusta, Ga., Governor’s Island, N.Y., Demerest, N.J., and Teaneck, N.J. After the war they built homes at 121 Allendale Ave. and 3 Valley View Ave., in Jamestown. They enjoyed traveling, sailing, golfing, and national furniture markets.
Following Myers’s death in 1985, Gladys married the Rev. Willard G. Steele, who was visitation minister at First United Methodist Church. They traveled widely including trips to Australia, Morocco, Jamaica, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Europe.
Surviving are three children: Ralph (Dee) Myers of Ivyland, Pa., Janet Myers Northrup (Dave) of Brighton, N.Y., and Nancy Myers Sewell (Steve) of Aberdeen, Md. Her grandchildren include: Victor Northrup (Michaela), Mark Northrup (Kaylie), Jessica Myers (Vytautus), Melissa Myers and Katie Sewell. Great grandchildren include: Silas Myers, and Kierra, Kianna, Kimara, Kimaya and Kaiden Sewell. Stepsons include: Robert Steele of Flagstaff, Ariz., Mark Steele (Janice) of Falconer, David Steele (Donna) of Panama, N.Y. and Steven Steele of South Carolina.
Gladys enjoyed watching the various activities of all the local Steele grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gladys was involved in many Jamestown activities. She served as president of the Jefferson Junior High School PTA and was a life member of that organization. She belonged to Moonbrook Country Club, Lakewood Yacht Club, Mozart Club, the Vikings, Lakewood Rod and Gun, Allied Arts, Kiwanis Wives, Hundred Member Club, Allen Park Women’s Club, bridge groups and Cotillion. She and Erskine were among the first supporters of Jamestown’s Little Theater. She won a trophy for bowling, scored a hole in one at Moonbrook and volunteered for organizations such as the First Methodist Church History and Records Committee. Gladys offered an educational scholarship through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. She made friends easily and kept friendships for decades such as those in her Birthday Club from high school, World War II contacts and travel companions.
She was appreciative of the help and friendship from many in her later years, especially from Patricia Micciche, Dan Colander, Maxine Reed, Linda Knight, Dr. John LaMancuso and many residents of Carlson Tower at LSS and Brookdale. Due to the Great Depression hardships, Gladys was unable to attend college in her youth. She said her proudest achievement was all of her children were college graduates. Much of her enjoyment and learning came from travel and meeting new people. Gladys will be remembered for her faith in God, love for her friends and family, service to others, generosity of time and talent and interest in Jamestown’s people, history and activities.
A service will be held Monday, Jan. 16, at Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown at 11 a.m., followed by lunch.
In lieu of flowers, Gladys wanted people to consider donating to Zion Covenant Church, the Gladys M. Steele Scholarship Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.