Mary Helen Barnes Steele, 83 of Hickory, passed away November 26, 2018 at her residence.
Born December 25, 1934 in Stony Point, NC she was the daughter of the late George W. and Mary Stikeleather Barnes.
Helen along with her siblings were raised and graduates of the Barium Springs Presbyterian Orphanage, where she excelled in basketball. She was always remembered for her 50 point score in a tournament game. At all the Barium Reunions this was a topic. She retired from Vanguard Furniture. Helen and Bob had many adventures across many states and making friends through riding motorcycles over the years. She also enjoyed music, singing, UNC basketball and spending time with family and her many grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Hilda Whitening Reid and a brother, Paul Curlee Barnes.
Helen is survived by her husband Robert Glenn “Bob” Steele; 5 daughters: Olivia Steele Raby and husband Gene of Alpharetta, GA, Patrice Steele Fox of Morganton, NC, Bobbie Steele Barr and husband Kenneth of Bethlehem, NC, Angelia Steele, Michelle Steele Tharp of Myrtle Beach, SC; Grandchildren: Phillip Ray, Andrew Lee Fox, Crystal Mariea Lor, Victoria Scott, Robbie Dale Little, Dustin Steele Hendren, Stevie Hendren Robertson, Cody Barr, Jamie Stevenson, Jesse Fox, Mattie Michelle Tharp; 15 great-grandchildren: Bailey, Marissa, Kinsley, Norah, Silas, Raylan, Willa, Tucker, Coren, Ella Joy, Aria, Charles, Hunter, Cora, Noah and expecting 3 more in 2019.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Bass-Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.