Mount Ayr Record-NewsOBITUARY ~ GLADYS STEELE CARR
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Gladys STEELE CARR was born February 21, 1913 in Winterset, Iowa. She was the daughter of Delbert Lloyd CLARK and
Ruth Ann CHAPMAN CLARK. Gladys died March 7, 2003 in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Gladys attended Iowa State Teachers College
in Cedar Falls, Iowa following her graduation from high school in Winterset. She returned to Winterset to start her
elementary teaching career. On June 9, 1934, Gladys married Hugh H. STEELE from Maloy, Iowa. Hugh was the junior
high school principal in Winterset at the time. Gladys and Hugh had one son, Dan, born October 22, 1937. In 1942 they
moved to Mount Ayr where Hugh became the high school principal, and later superintendent of the schools. Hugh
died September 6, 1949.
February 6, 1954, Gladys married Patrick F. CARR in Maloy, Iowa. Pat was a rural mail
carrier for many years. They lived in Maloy until after his retirement. In 1981 they moved to 116 Dunning Avenue
in Mount Ayr. Pat died August 16, 1999.
Gladys' son, Dan, practiced dentistry in Cedar Falls, Iowa for 31 years
prior to his death September 7, 1997.
Gladys taught elementary school in Mount Ayr and Maloy. She retired in
1963 after 17 1/2 years of teaching.
Caleb and Ruth CLARK, Gladys' great-grandparents, were in the first small
group of settlers in Madison county, Iowa. They were stone masons and built the first stone house in
Winterset. Their descendants built, in their memory, the stone tower which stands in Winterset City Park.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Jessie CLARK, both husbands and son. Also preceding her
were three sisters, Editha, Beulah and Grace; and two half-brothers, Merle and Carl. She is survived by one half-brother,
Harold CLARK of Los Altos, Claifornia; daughter-in-law, Phyllis STEELE; four grandchildren, Sandra, Paul, Pamela
and Tony; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to the University Of
Iowa Foundation for the Dan D. STEELE Memorial Scholarship at the College of Dentistry. Memorials can be sent directly
to the University of Iowa Foundation or to Phyllis STEELE, 2207 Oxford Lane, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613.
services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr with Father Thomas
DOOLEY officiating. Musicians were Martha HOVE and Kathleen TAYLOR. Casket bearers were Tony STEELE, Paul STEELE,
Tom CARR, Pat CARR, Mike HOVE and Rolfe TAYLOR. Honorary pallbearers were Dan CARR, Mike CARR, Joe CARR, Gary LAUGHLIN, Pat LAUGHLIN and Jim HALEY.
Gladys was laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Submission by Ann Wyer, July of 2012
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