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Stella May (Bell) Boots-Steele

January 7, 1930 — July 16, 2022

Springfield, IL

Stella May Boots-Steele, passed away quietly at the home of her son Robert in Springfield, Illinois on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

She was born to Alonzo Earl and Martha Elizabeth (Hatt) Bell, at Linville, Montgomery County, Indiana, on January 7, 1930. She graduated as class valedictorian from Alamo High School in 1948, and was active in the Alamo Christian Church and 4-H.

Stella then went on to work in the clerical field at R.R. Donnelly, where she met her future husband Lawrence Boots. They were married in January 25th, 1951, living first in Crawfordsville, later moving to the New Market area in 1952, where she lived until
the early 1990s. During this time she supported her husband with his many activities, one which included the Businessmen's Fish Fry (she made a wicked coney sauce for several years), and raising their two sons. She was active in the New Market Christian Church, where she enjoyed studying, teaching, music and helped with clerical support. She was active in supporting school activities at New Market. She sang in the Montgomery County Woman's Choir in the 1960s; painted several baptistry murals in local churches; worked at the Montgomery County License Branch, County Clerk, and J.C. Penny. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Alamo. Lawrence passed in 1981, after which she married Ronald Steele of Indianapolis in 1992. She moved to the Indianapolis westside until he passed in 2017. There she worked as an historic interpreter at Conner Prairie and sales at L.S. Ayres. She returned to live for a few years at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville until the COVID pandemic, when she moved into the home of her family in Springfield, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Warren, Archie, and William "Red" Bell; husbands Lawrence Chayce Boots and Ronald Samuel Steele; son, Michael; and daughter-in-law, Susan.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Kathryn), daughter-in-law Gina Boots - Sioux City, IA; grand-daughters Kristin (Chris) Banks - Crawfordsville, Anastasia (Chuck) Davidson - Raeford, NC, Aubrie (Dan) Linder - Omaha, NE; great-grandchildren, Madison Banks, Breya and Everly Davidson, Logan, Clara, and Nolan Linder.

Special thank needs to be given to her care-giver these past three years, Kathryn. Who saw to her daily needs with a loving grace and patience as her health declined.

Graveside services will be held at Oak Hill South Cemetery on State Road 32, Crawfordsville, on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Sanders Priebe Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

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Graveside Service

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Oak Hill South Cemetery

Indiana 32, Crawfordsville, IN

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