WAYNESVILLE — Tressie Harriet Booker Steiling, 92, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of West Memphis, Ark., and Waynesville, died Dec. 27, 2014, at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Curtis) Early, Holiday Island, Ark.; two sons, Kevin Gene Steiling, Franklin, Tenn., and Stephen Blaine (Sandra) Steiling, Jonesboro, Ark.; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Blaine Steiling, Jonesboro, Ark., and Jennifer Steiling, Little Rock, Ark.; and two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Allison Steiling, Jonesboro, Ark.
Ms. Steiling was born April 21, 1922, in Waynesville. She was the daughter of John and Minnie Booker of Waynesville. She married Blaine Matthew Steiling on Feb. 3, 1941.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
She was a past member of the Waynesville Methodist Church and a graduate of Waynesville High School.
Born on a farm in Central Illinois, Tressie lived her life according to the values learned on the farm: hard work, thrift, honesty and common sense. She raised her three children to observe these principles in their own lives as well.
Tressie contracted tuberculosis at a young age and endured the somewhat-primitive treatments available during the early 1940s, eventually being cured and returning to her life as a wife and mother. She devoted her life to her family. Her hobby was cooking (famous for her potato salad and homemade noodles, among other dishes) and she was an avid reader. Although an outside observer might consider her life unremarkable, she had an enormous impact upon the number of friends and family who were close to her. Consequently, her life is indisputable proof that living a quiet life is not synonymous with living an insignificant one.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tressie's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America is suggested.
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