Jane Lee Ordaz Steele

Thursday, October 13, 1932 - Monday, February 4, 2019

In Remembrance

Photo of Jane Lee Ordaz Steele  - 1932-2019

Jane Lee Ordaz Steele passed on the evening of February 4th, 2019 in Silver Bluff Nursing Facility at the age of 86. She was born in Denver, Colorado, but spent most of her early life in Texas, where her father, Master Sergeant Jose' Antonio Ordaz was stationed. She was married to Jack Steele of Stony Point, North Carolina until his passing in 2011.

Jane was a secretary to Dr. Friedman at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, who designed early, experimental rockets for the Space Program. She also worked as a substitute teacher over the years, while raising four children, all of whom are still living; Debbie Sutton of Canton, NC, Carla Steele of Connecticut, Robert Steele of Statesville, NC and Jacqueline Steele of Hiddenite, NC. Jane has two granddaughters, Katie Sutton of Charlotte, NC and McKenna Steele of Hiddenite, NC. She also has two surviving brothers, Victor Ordaz and Donald Ordaz, and two sisters, Ella Mae Oestrich and Josie Harter.

Jane was a volunteer for Hospice and also at the Community Center in Hiddenite, and enjoyed cheering on the kids at sporting events.

A "Celebration of Jane's Life" will be held at Silver Bluff Village and will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local "no-kill" animal shelter, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Steele family.


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Condolences from family and friends


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How I love sweet mamma jane even after leaving the bluff when I would come and sit with her in the afternoons we had some talks and most of time she just listened and said why yes or just gave me her little look. I only got her to tell me the last day I was there working as a CNA that she loved me. I will miss her sweet laugh and her smile. Prayers are with you debbie and the rest of the family Always
Amanda Moody
So very sorry to hear of Aunt Jane's passing. I have very fond memories of Aunt Jane and the family when they came to visit at our house or when we would visit them in LaPlata, Maryland when they lived closer. Aunt Jane and my Dad always had a good time when they were together. I think there were even a few Mexican Hat dances! Treasure your memories. I will always remember my Aunt Jane calling me, "Nettie." Sending prayers and hugs to you all, Debbie, Carla, Robert, Jackie, Katie Jo and McKenna. Love you all.
Annette Ordaz Stang