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Celebration of Life
Beloved Thelma Lee Williams Steel
Sunrise August 23rd-1928 -Eternal Life January 14th -2024
Thelma Lee Williams was born in Dillion, South Carolina to Loybelle Williams and David Williams on August 23rd, 1928. Thelma had one sister Louise, who she loved and cherished immensely. At five years young
Thelma's mother passed and she would then be raised by her grandmother, Daisy Malloy, and after Daisy's passing by her Aunt Rosie. At sixteen years young Rosie sent Thelma to Trenton to live with her father David and her stepí¯€í°›other Pearl, where she met Herbert Steel, a man home on leave from his navy duties.
Herbert was so smitten by Thelma, he told her "I'm going to marry you." A very shy girl at the time, Thelma rejected him and. told him no you're not." A1few years later after Herbert fulfilled his duties to the United States Navy, he returned to Trenton NJ, and found and convinced Thelma to court him. After a short courtship Herbert and Thelma were married and unto this union came ten, while seven survived.
Thelma and Herbert bore Herbert David Steel JR. then Peggy, Diane, Harlem, Renee, Regina and then Carrie. Thelma and Herbert raised their children in Trenton NJ. in August of 1981 the children were all grown while Herbert passed away after he and Thelma were·married for 35 years.
Thelma never remarried and continued to be a very present staple in the lives of her children and all that knew her.
Thelma was very straightforward; she'd say what she meant and meant what she said. Thelma loved with all her heart, and from North Trenton to West, friends of all her children and her nieces and nephews, grands, and great grands knew and loved Thelma. In some capacity of knowing Thelma, she would become affectionately known to many as mommy, big mommy, or Momma Steel. Thelma was also able to positively impact the lives of people she never met, while she instilled in her children and others to pass it on. This woman will always be a gem!
Thelma had so much wisdom, no academia will ever compare! Thelma also knew the Lord and she knew and comprehended scripture. She was a compassionate and caring woman. Many family members and friends of her children had at some point resided with the Steel's, rather it was Sandford Street, Chapel Street, or Gardner Avenue, mommy and daddy made room for others. There was always food, and Thelma could cook like no other. Many people were especially fond of her tried chicken. Thelma's greatest attributes were her love of God, family, and friends that became family, and cooking, and having a great time. Thelma taught her children to pray at an early age. Before bed Thelma and children would kneel on our knees.to pray, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep." Thelma was so authentic while remaining "Down to earth, and nonjudgmental. Thelma also had the gift for the gab, and even if she scolded, she did it with laughter and love. She also shared a few drinks with quite a few of us, while she would school you, and you'd never know you were being schooled, and yes, she could preach too!
.On January 14th, 2024, Sunday morning, Thelma Lee Steel 98 of Trenton NJ, earned her wings; she gained her place in Heaven's Doors. In Heaven she has met our Heavenly Father God face to face, she will again see her love one's whom preceded her to glory; Her Husband, Herbert Steel, mother LoyBelle, her father David, Grandmother Daisy, Aunt Rosie, and her sister Louise Porter-Washington, her sons; Herbert David Steel Jr., Harlem Lamont Steel, sister in-law Maggie Campbell, son in laws, Bruce Lee, Clifton Parks, and Roger Fennell, and many nieces and nephews! What a rejoicing there was in Heaven on that Sunday Morning when God called you home! Our Matriarch, we'll see you soon, for life on earth is only but a day! Thanks for the love, the lessons, and the wisdom you bestowed upon us!
Thelma Steel leaves to cherish her loving memories, five daughters: Peggy Parks, Diane Allen (Harvey}, Renee Steel, and Regina Wilson, and Carrie Steel-Fennell, daughter in-law Evelyn Steele, and son-in-law Larry Tarver. She also will be greatly missed by her 18 grandchildren, 36 great grands, and 28 great-great grands.
Funeral service will be 11am Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Calling hours will be 9am until the time of service. Interment will be at Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, NJ.