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Ellen Colclasure Steely, a longtime Duncan, Oklahoma attorney, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, after a hard-fought illness, surrounded by her family and friends.
A memorial service to honor Ellen and her life is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at Whitt Funeral Home Chapel with Sean Forehand and Eli Williamson presiding.
She was born in Farmington, New Mexico on Nov. 20, 1939, to parents, Doris (Robbins) and Buddy Colclasure.
She is survived by her nephew, Bryon Jones, wife LeAnn, and their children, Lindsey and Macie, of El Reno; her niece, Leigh Jones Baker, husband Brian, and their children, Regan, Craig and Erin, of Edmond; her cousin, Sharon O'Toole, of Frisco, Texas; and a host of friends.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, JoAnn Colwell; and her brother, Bobby Colclasure.
She was an active member of the Lawton Unitarian Universalist Church. She was also a member of the Duncan Rotary Club and Leadership Duncan. She served on the board of the Duncan Group Homes and American Music Festival.
After graduating high school in New Mexico, she moved to Oklahoma City where she earned a BA Degree from OCU in 1963. She obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from OCU in 1968 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1968. She worked for several years as an attorney for Kerr-McGee Oil Company in Oklahoma City, before moving to Duncan. She served as Associate District Judge in Duncan for one term beginning in 1979, and then continued her private law practice until her health began to fail in 2015.
Ellen loved to travel and did so extensively in Europe and Russia. She loved her birthday and Christmas festivities with her close friends. She was thrilled to vacation in Hawaii in December, 2015 with a number of friends.
She was an amazing, caring woman who loved to dance, garden, and read historical novels, as well as other books. She will be missed by her many square dancing friends.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephens County Humane Society or the Cancer Center of Southwest Oklahoma in Duncan.
Online condolences to the family can be made at www.whittfh.com.
Published on January 10, 2017
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