Agnes Maude Steele of Medicine Hat, passed away on February 11, 2021 at the age of 94 years, beloved wife of the late Ralph Steele. Agnes was born the fifth child in a family of six in Dauphin, Manitoba to Alfred and Caroline Scarff. From an early age Agnes learned how to work hard and take responsibility. Her oldest sister Amy took her under her wing when Agnes was only two. Amy never let life get her down and Agnes adopted the same adventurous spirit. Agnes kept up with the boys in daring exploits. She walked the rails at the cattle pens, jumped out of the hay loft, put up storm windows, shingled the roof and built the outside steps. Agnes learned about plumbing while working at the plumbing shop and developed a good eye for house construction. She also mastered domestic tasks, becoming a noted cook and amazing seamstress. Agnes excelled at the many tasks she has turned her hand to. Her motto could be "let's do it!" Obstacles become challenges in Agnes' book.
She moved to Calgary where she met and married Ralph in 1953. They enjoyed sixty-six wonderful years together. These years brought them three children, Carol, John, and Joanne and moves to Fort William, Regina, Vancouver, Edmonton, back to Calgary and finally Medicine Hat.
Agnes was always involved in helping people, whether family, at church or other volunteer organizations. Agnes' Christian faith was the foundation for her kind, caring spirit. In Regina she and Ralph ran many of the Salvation Army youth activities. Agnes always went the extra mile, providing hot chocolate at the Friday night youth group for the children to have with their sandwiches and then stuffing up to thirteen of them in a Volkswagen Beetle to drive each one safely home. She was chaplain for the credit women's association in Vancouver, and helped at the Salvation Army women's shelter, all while working full time and running her home with teenage children. Later she volunteered at the Cross Cancer institute and brought comfort to many people going through cancer treatment which she herself had experienced. She and Ralph also conducted bible studies over the years.
Agnes' children and grandchildren say it was hard to keep up with mum and grandma. Agnes, along with Ralph, was always there to support their children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren were always eager to go to Grandma's and Grandpa's house, a scene of much activity and fun over the years.
Agnes' life was founded on a vibrant Christian faith. Her legacy is found in the tributes given to her as a lovely Christian woman, kind and gentle, privileged to know her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
She leaves to cherish her memory three children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Carol Lynn (John) Fedoruk and their children David (Catherine -Alex, Ben, Will); Sarah (Jeremy, Bryleigh); John Alfred (Franciane) Steele and their children John-Daniel (Victoria), Jessica, Luc; Joanne Retta (Rob) MacDormand and their children James and Amy; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Caroline and Alfred Scarff; her husband Ralph on November 2, 2019; five siblings, Amy Brown , David Scarff, Florence Scarff, Joseph Scarff and Mary Scarff.
A private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, February 20, 2021 with Rev. Canon Dr. John Alfred Steele, CD and The Rev. Dr. Oz Lorentzen co-officiating. Interment will take place in Burnaby with her husband Ralph. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Agnes Steele.