Verna T. (Deveau) Steele


Verna T. (Deveau) Steele was born Aug. 22, 1927, to Peter and Benita Deveau in Somerville, Mass. She had five brothers, including her twin, Vernon, and five sisters.

After her graduation from high school, and upon Francis’s return home from World War II, Verna and Francis Steele were married. The young family moved across the country to the San Diego area. Francis was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 26, and Verna became a loving single mom to her young daughters. She never remarried.

She returned to school in her late 30’s to become a licensed practical nurse. After moving to Washington in 1968, Verna worked at The Yard Birds Shopping Center until her retirement.

She lived a quiet, contented and humble life, always putting others needs above her own. She was very generous and enjoyed crocheting afghans, scarves, hats and sweaters which she donated to various charities. She hand-stitched many beautiful quilts, was an avid reader, and enjoyed solving jigsaw and word puzzles.

Verna left this world at the age of 92, on the morning of Dec. 18, 2019. “resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.” Titus 1:2

She is survived by her sister, Veronica; brother, Henry; daughters, Karen, Katherine and Linda; grandchildren, James, Jeri, Shannon, Thomas, Julie and Jeanette; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces Verna will be greatly missed by all.

  No services are planned at this time.

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