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Kayla Steele

Sep 29th, 1963 - Apr 15th, 2021

Funeral:  11 a.m. Thursday, April, 22, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home

Interment:  Kneff Cemetery


     Kayla Jo Steele, age 57, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021, at St Mary’s Hospital in St Louis, MO.  Kayla was born September 29, 1963, in Flora to Troy Eugene and Thelma Eileen (Dillman) Douthit.  She married Kevin Steele on January 1, 1993. 

     Kayla would do almost anything for anyone and went above and beyond for the children in Flora. She had a loving and generous heart to help children succeed and leaves a legacy of loving and caring for children.  Kayla was such an inspiration to everyone.  She was very creative at putting together games and resources to help the children learn. Kayla loved to have fun and many times mischievous fun.  Even in her pain, she had a way to make you laugh and feel welcome and included.

     Kayla’s family extended way beyond blood and marriage.  Kayla is survived by her husband Kevin, one step-son Keith Steele and his family Brandi and Brantley with a grandbaby she was so looking forward to spoiling due in October; brother Larry (Debbie) Douthit (Newburg, IN); sister Gina Douthit (Flora), sister-in-law Mary Douthit (Evansville, IN), step-sister Christina Forth (Jack) Eisaman (Markle, IN); step-brother Mark Forth (Huntington, IN), sister Brandi Douthit (Henderson, KY), and brother-in-law Walter Steele (Suzanne) of Flora.  She and Kevin had several “adopted” daughters they hosted as exchange students: Annika Hartman (Germany), Laura Bonczkn (Germany), Michaela Vassova (Slovakia), Oyuka Munkhbat (Mongolia), and Xinyi Zhang [Millie Steele] (China/Nevada).  Several nieces and nephews Court, Lacey, Jason, Amber, Bryce, Taylor, Sturling, Trisha, Tori, Jarius, and Ethan; and a growing number of great-nieces and nephews. 

     Kayla was preceded in death by her parents, two stepmothers Thelma Louise Taylor Douthit and Annie Burkett Douthit, her mother- and father-in-law Barney and Ruth Steele, her grandparents Troy and Grace Douthit, Claude and Ora Dillman, and Doris Bright; brother Danny Douthit, nephew Eric Douthit, brother-in-law Gene Daggett, niece and nephew Derek Windle and Natasha Windle, and her precious son Brent Shroyer. 

     Kayla’s work here on earth is done and may her beautiful legacy be carried on, paid forward by those who have been blessed by her.  

     Visitation is from 5 until 7 pm on Wednesday, April 21, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 am Thursday, April 22, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in Kneff Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Kayla Steele Memorial Fund for the Flora Elementary School, which is set up at Xenia Community Bank, or to Fur A Good Paws.  To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit


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Jacque Davis

April 17th

So sad to hear of Kayla's passing but rejoicing in her new, pain free, life of praising God up in heaven with all her loved ones. Especially am comforted by knowledge of her seeing her precious son, Brent, again. Prayers for peace and comfort for all family as deal with your grief.

Mary Anne Pittman

April 17th

No candle can light the way of a child like Kayla did. She will be missed by so many.

Shannon & Randy Dulaney

April 17th

So sorry for your loss

Celia Cardascio

April 17th

Kayla, I don't even know where to begin, but most importantly I want to say I'm SO thankful you're no longer in any kind of pain. Spread those brand new pink angel wings you have, & fly to your heart's desire. Also, I'm pretty sure it's okay to be fun-loving up there, so continue to smile & joke & dance like you always have. (And if you hear any Peter Frampton songs, think of me, will ya?) Enjoy your blessed reunion with Brent, too. Love you & miss you, ~Big "C"~

Mary Reynolds

April 17th

Rest In Peace sweet lady...My condolences to the family.🌹

Grandma Bootsie EagN

April 17th

Ginger Weliver

April 17th

My sweet beautiful cousin May you rejoice now in the arms of God and be free from tbe earthly pain you so courageously fought. RIP beautiful Kayla We love you and miss you

Bob Steele

April 19th

Kevin, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences, may she rest in peace.

Steve and Nancy Mink

April 17th

Prayers for peace and comfort for all of you. She touched so many lives and will be missed by many.

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

April 19th

We are so so sorry for your loss. She was a great person and giving person. Her family and this community will miss her for years to come. πŸ™πŸ™

Larry and Donna Milner

April 19th

so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for the family.

Ginny Ashley

April 17th

Gina, sorry to hear the passing of your sister. My prayers are with you and rest of family.

Monica McGrath

April 17th

What a beautiful tribute to Kayla. She was a beautiful person. My sympathies to all who loved her. She touched so many lives.

Bruce and Barb Brown

April 18th

We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.

Linda Martin

April 17th

My condolences and prayers to the family. I knew Kayla through working with her at Prairie Estates. She loved the clients there. She had many health issues but stayed strong and carried on. Her love for children was always evident. Her work here is finished and she can now spend eternity with her beloved Brent. You deserve your in peace Kayla

Holly Britton

April 17th

So sorry for your lost. I loved working with Kayla at school. I'm gonna miss seeing her everyday. She was so fun and so inspiring.

Kay Fritch

April 17th

My thoughts and prayers are with Kayla's family at this most difficult time. She was much loved.

Boots and Don Wagner

April 17th

We are heartbroken to hear the sad news! Feeling so sad for Kevin and Gina and so many others Family and Friends! Kayla was always so kind willing to give up her room when we would come down for the Holidays! We will never forget all the good times! RIP Dear Kayla Don and Boots Wagner

Donna McAllister

April 18th

sorry Kevin I know you were devoted and determined Kayla got the best medical care

Judy Griffith

April 18th

Brandi and Keith, so sorry to hear of Kayla's passing. I had met her at hospital when Larry was going for infusions. Super nice lady, she will be missed. RIP

Jane Snyder

April 20th

Gina, Kris, and family, I am so sad to learn of your loss. I remember Kayla as a fun loving little sister to you. May the Lord surround you with His loving arms and bring you comfort!

Sheila Greenwood

April 18th

Its hard to lose a friend and it's even harder to lose a friend like Kayla. She was so giving, funny and genuine. Prayers to her family and her school family.

Donna Whiteley

April 18th

My heart goes out to Kevin, Larry, Gina, Chris, Mark & you all! Asking God to wrap His loving arms of comfort around you and your family and give you the peace that passes all understanding! Love you all!

Roger and Janice Fleener

April 20th

So sorry to hear about your loss, our prayers are with you at this time

Alice Robinson

April 20th

I will always remember many years of laughter, teasing, and generosity from Kayla. She was special. My heart hurts for you. Alice

Bev Britton

April 18th

Kayla was a sweet soul. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for her family.

Jennifer Mislich Brown

April 21st

So sorry for the loss of Kayla, there is never a good way to express the sadness that one feels for the loss of a friend. May God bless and help with the grieving process that will take a long time to lessen the pain. You won't be forgotten.

Angie Edwards

April 18th

Thankful for all the love and care she showed to so many children! Kayla you were appreciated and I am so thankful to have known you . You are an inspiration to me and so many πŸ’• may you and your baby boy be dancing at the feet of Jesus forever πŸ’™

Robert A. (Bob) Lewis

April 18th

Kevin and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Kayla passing, please accept my condolences! God Bless.

Terry Igert

April 18th

We are praying for you all!!! She was a wonderful caring person!!! She will be missed!!!!

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

April 18th

Kayla, your LOVE for children will always be remembered. You've earned your golden wings. Comforting Prayers to all

Mark Stanley

April 18th

Mark and Chris. You all were good neighbors to have growing up. My condolence for the loss of Kayla.

Michaela Vassova

April 18th

I am so sorry for everyones loss. Kayla was a wonderful person with a great big heart and, to me, the best host-mom anyone could have ever asked for. She was always there for me as she was there for anyone who ever needed her. Outside of being so loving, caring and generous she was also just a great joy to be around and would always create fun around her. She is and always will be one of the strongest women I have ever met in my life. I have many great memories with Kayla that I will always remember and cherish.

Jim & Madelaine Morris

April 21st

Dear Larry, Debbie, Lacey, Doug, Courtney, Meredith & all the boys, We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of your dear Kayla. May The Lord bring you comfort & peace as you remember her life here on earth & celebrate her eternal home. With love & prayers, Jim & Madelaine

Willie and Dana Johnson

April 18th

So sorry to here about this our condolences for the family

Tammy Dulaney

April 18th

Sorry for your loss

Norma Clarner

April 21st

So sorry about Kayla Gina, she will be missed by so many family and friends, she was such a sweet loving person to many people. Love and prayers

Nancy Dehart

April 21st

Kayla will be greatly missed. Keeping you all in prayer. The Class of β€˜82 lost another wonderful classmate.

Norma and Ivan Barnett

April 24th

We are so sorry to hear of Kayla passing. Hugs and prayers go out to family.

Linda Jones

April 22nd

So sorry for your loss. Kayla will be missed by so many for she touched so many people in so many ways.Sending prayers and hugs.

Dena Rinehart Cain

April 26th

Oh my.....the first time I ever had a chili cheese dog was at her home. I know it seems silly, but I will NEVER forget how excited I was about that. Love, hugs & prayers to all.



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