She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. on June 10, 1925.
She was housing manager at the Crane Village Apartments for 18 years before moving to Jasonville. She then worked at the Citizen's Bank in Jasonville until retirement. She was a member of the Howesville Church.
In 1995, she was notified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that she was eligible to become a Tribal Member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Eagle Clan. Her mother's side of the family tree showed lineage back to the Treaty of 1884. Her family and others were forced onto tribal lands by the U.S. Government. The center of the reservation lands were in Odanah (meaning Small Town) in northern Wisconsin. Evelyn loved the many trips back to the reservation to participate in the yearly Minomin (Good Rice) wild rice harvest powwow held in August each year. It was there she learned more and more about her culture and Anishinabi (her people); and for this we are grateful and say miigwetch (thank you).
Survivors include a son, Ron (Janet) Steele of Bloomington; a daughter, Sharon "Sis" Steele of Indianapolis; a granddaughter, Martina Steele (Jeff) Swaby of Linton; two grandsons, William Ray (Leanna) Steele of Indianapolis and Aaron Steele of Ellettsville; three great-granddaughters, two great-grandsons, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Steele.
A funeral service will be conducted at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 with Pastor Roy McRoberts officiating. Burial will follow at Peavey Cemetery in Jasonville.
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Online condolences can be made at www.welchcornett.com.