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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 www.frankandbright.com
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.
No candle can light the way of a child like Kayla did. She will be missed by so many.
So sorry for your loss
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"~
Rest In Peace sweet lady...My condolences to the family.🌹
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
Kevin, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences, may she rest in peace.
Prayers for peace and comfort for all of you. She touched so many lives and will be missed by many.
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. 🙏🙏
so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for the family.
Gina, sorry to hear the passing of your sister. My prayers are with you and rest of family.
What a beautiful tribute to Kayla. She was a beautiful person. My sympathies to all who loved her. She touched so many lives.
We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.
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 wings...rest in peace Kayla
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.
My thoughts and prayers are with Kayla's family at this most difficult time. She was much loved.
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
sorry Kevin I know you were devoted and determined Kayla got the best medical care
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
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!
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.
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!
So sorry to hear about your loss, our prayers are with you at this time
I will always remember many years of laughter, teasing, and generosity from Kayla. She was special. My heart hurts for you. Alice
Kayla was a sweet soul. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for her family.
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.
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 💕 may you and your baby boy be dancing at the feet of Jesus forever 💙
Kevin and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Kayla passing, please accept my condolences! God Bless.
We are praying for you all!!! She was a wonderful caring person!!! She will be missed!!!!
Kayla, your LOVE for children will always be remembered. You've earned your golden wings. Comforting Prayers to all
Mark and Chris. You all were good neighbors to have growing up. My condolence for the loss of Kayla.
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.
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
So sorry to here about this our condolences for the family
Sorry for your loss
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
Kayla will be greatly missed. Keeping you all in prayer. The Class of ‘82 lost another wonderful classmate.
We are so sorry to hear of Kayla passing. Hugs and prayers go out to family.
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.
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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