Carolyn Estella Hand Steele, 99, died March 3, 2013. Born on May 13, 1913, in Marshall County, Indiana, she came to Bayside, Texas, as a baby with her parents, Herbert and Estella Hand. She grew up and attended school in the Copano Bay area and, later, attended a finishing school in San Antonio.
She married Elmer “Duke” Steele in 1933, and they had one child, Mary Patricia “Tricia.” Carolyn was very proud of her daughter and her many accomplishments. Her husband, Duke, died in 1952, leaving her a widow before the age of 40. Carolyn later became the secretary for Southwestern Graphite Mine in the Burnet area. She retired after 26 years.
Carolyn lived on Lake Buchanan in the Council Creek area since 1962, was very active within the community and remained at the lake the rest of her years.
Those who passed on before Carolyn were her parents, Herbert and Estella; siblings, Herbert, Robert and Mary Hand; husband, Elmer “Duke” Steele; son-in-law, Malcolm Fluitt; and great-granddaughter Rachael Carolyne Rhoads.
Carolyn’s greatest legacy was her family, to which she was a treasure. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Patricia Fluitt; grandchildren, Patty Johnson and husband Jimmy, Logan Fluitt and wife Tracy, Norman Fluitt, Laura Logan, Carolyn Bippert and husband Charles and Robert Fluitt and wife Jimmie. She also leaves behind great-grandchildren, Charity Spearman and fiancé Derek, Cody Brandt and fiancé Monica, James Fluitt and Amanda, Cameron Fluitt, Rachael Logan, Devin Fluitt, Brad Bippert, McCauley Rhoads, Derek Fluitt and Blayne Bippert as well as six great-great-grandchildren — all of which will miss her dearly.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. March 6 at Edgar Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444. A funeral service is 10 a.m. March 7 at the funeral with interment following at Mission Park South Cemetery in San Antonio.
Those wishing to express their condolences may do so at http://edgarfh.com.