Linda Lou Steed, age 72, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 5:18 P.M. on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home in Centralia, Illinois with her loving family by her side. She was born on April 26, 1948, in Pana, Illinois, the daughter of Roscoe and Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Hutchinson. She married William Scott “Bill” Ray on August 7, 1974, in Centralia, Illinois and he preceded her in death on July 12, 1995. She later married Wesley Harlen “Wes” Steed, Sr., on August 28, 1998, at the Moose Park in Centralia, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on April 23, 2020.
Linda is survived by her children, Shelley Rose of Centralia, Illinois, Crystal Lynn Rainey and husband Daniel of Springfield, Illinois and Christopher Lee Ray and special friend, Heather Spirito of Centralia, Illinois and her children, P Spirito and Netty Spirito; grandchildren, Susan Rainey, Breanna Rainey, Caitlin Rainey, Quentin Graham, Ali Ray, Abby Ray, Trentin, Ray, Amiya Ray and Alayna Ray; four great-grandchildren and sister, Millie O’Neal of Centralia, Illinois.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; infant brother, Billy Hutchinson; infant sisters, Carolyn Hutchinson and Delores Hutchinson; brothers, Joe Hutchinson and Jerry Hutchinson and sisters, Mary, Shirley Corley, Louise Swanson and Brenda.
Linda was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Centralia, Illinois. She was an avid reader and read for pleasure. It was very important to her that her children learned to read. She enjoyed the companionship of her Weiner Dogs, especially Mazie and the late Snickers. Linda would do anything she could for anyone and helped everyone around her. She was a very giving person and if someone needed something, she would give to them when she could do so. She led a very meager life and was grateful for what she had in her life. She cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her kids and grandkids. She is remembered as being a good mom, who made sure her family had what they needed in life.
Linda started her trail of being a dedicated member of the Centralia Women of the Moose Chapter 223 in Centralia, Illinois on June 6th, 1998, and earned her Academy of Friendship Degree on February 17, 2002. Linda served the Women of the Moose in numerous positions for 22 years. She was Chaplain from 2011 until 2014. She loved to visit the nursing homes and send out cards. Linda served her chapter in 12 chair positions. She was Junior Regent for the 2019-2020 year and she was the Senior Regent for the 2019-2020 year. She would help with anything, including the kitchen, lodge activities and children functions. She was very involved with the Centralia Moose Children’s Parade and would stand on the four corners and collect money for the children’s parade. She really loved doing this with her husband, Wes, and other Moose family members. Linda was loved by all of her fellow co-workers and the Loyal Order of the Moose. She will be dearly missed.
Linda was a housekeeper for Nature Trails Nursing Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois, for 5 years, she was a housekeeper for Odin Health Care Center in Odin, Illinois, for 20 years and Centralia Motel from 1993 to 1995. Earlier in life, she was a homemaker and housewife. Linda graduated with Centralia Township High School’s “Class of 1966.” She lived her whole life in Centralia, Illinois.
A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Linda Lou Steed and Mr. Wesley Harlen “Wes” Steed, Sr. will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Centralia Moose Family Center 1219 in Centralia, Illinois, with Pastor Michael Periman officiating. A Memorial Service will be held by the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1219 and Centralia Women of the Moose Chapter 223 during the Celebration of Life Services for Mrs. and Mr. Steed. Friends may visit with Mrs. and Mr. Steed’s family from 11:00 A.M. until the time of services at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Centralia Moose Family Center 1219 in Centralia, Illinois. As a result of the current health situation, all those visiting with the family will be asked to wear masks and observe social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Steed’s memory to Centralia City School’s Libraries and Mr. Steed’s memory to Mooseheart will be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois, where you may call (618) 532-7321 for additional arrangements. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, or share memories with Mrs. Steed’s and Mr. Steed’s family at www.moranfuneralhome.net or on the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
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