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Barbara Sue "Babs" Steele

May 29, 1954 ~ March 23, 2017 (age 62)

   Barbara Sue "Babs" Steele, 62, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of Quincy, died at 3:37 a.m. Thursday (March 23, 2017) at the University of Iowa Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

   Born May 29, 1954 in Quincy, Barbara was the daughter of Eugene L. "Gene" and Lois J. Blinkinsop Steele.

     Barbara was a 1972 graduate of Payson Seymour High School and a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.  She began her career as a telephone operator while still in college, when she began working for A T & T which later became Quest Telephone in Waterloo, Iowa.  She served the company over 25 years until her retirement.

   Barbara was a member of Calvary Baptist Church when she lived in Quincy where she was active with AWANA and church missions, spending a year in Brazil on a mission trip. She currently was a member of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa

   Babs loved being with her family and her many friends who will forever remember her for always having her Pepsi Cola with her and for her great love of her constant companion, her dog, Lily.

   Survivors include a brother, Jeffrey Steele (Janet) of Burton, IL; two sisters, Peggy DeVries (Clair) of Hollandale, MN and Mary Niekamp (John) of Quincy; seven nieces and nephews, Aaron DeVries (Amy) of Austin, MN, Megan Schliecher (Brian) of Austin, MN, Christopher DeVries (Nancy) of Hollandale, MN, Justin Steele (Alisson) of Burton, IL, Jessica Kelley (Nick) of Quincy, Ryan Niekamp (Kimberly) of Quincy and Trevor Niekamp (Jessica) of Quincy; eleven great nieces and great nephews, Aidan DeVries, Cecelia "Cece" DeVries, Ella Schleicher, Jaylee Schleicher, Cyprus Schleicher, Emery Schleicher, Natalee DeVries, Payson DeVries, Lauren DeVries, Callie DeVries and Riley Kelley; and her loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Le Steele.  

   Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Townsend officiating.  Burial will be in the Burton Cemetery, Burton, Illinois.

   Visitation will be Monday afternoon from 12:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa or the Team Iowa Kidney Transplant Team in Des Moines, Iowa.
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