Funeral services for Gertrude B. Steffes, 83, Clinton resident, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in the Custer Ave. Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Ross Foster. Burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Gertrude Bennet (Land) Steffes was born February 18, 1932 to Clifford Land and Nettie (Newell) Land in Texarkana, OK and passed away Sunday, may 17, 2015 in the Clinton Regional Hospital in Clinton, Oklahoma. Gertrude was raised in Michigan and Oklahoma. She had moved to Oklahoma in 1948 with her family. She met her future husband, Leo Edward Steffes, Jr. and they were married on June 14, 1949 in Canute, OK. They made their home in Canute, where they farmed until 1956, when they moved to Clinton. They raised their children in Clinton and she loved children and worked in day care centers and babysat for others. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven brothers and sisters, Joyce, Edna Mae, Linda Faye, Betty Jo, Juanell, W.C. and infant brother, Charlie and her best friend, Ella Mae Terrell. She enjoyed dancing and keeping up with soap operas and she enjoyed her animals. She is survived by five daughters, Sally Steffes, Sharon James and spouse, Billy Fleming, Rodena Williams and husband, Mark, all of Clinton, Edwina Hurley and husband, Rickey of Tulsa, Lisa Ann Woody of Meeker; five sons, Clifford Steffes, Johnney Steffes, Gary Lynn Steffes and wife, Rita, Mickey Steffes and wife, Kathy, all of Clinton and Larry Steffes and wife, Dorle of Virginia; two sisters, Etta Tidwell and husband, Tex of Lubbock, TX and Peggy Land of California. She is also survived by twenty-four grandchildren and one on the way, fifty-seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and three on the way.

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