December 28, 1917 - July 22, 2017
Luella Jane Anson Steppe passed away at NHC Healthcare Bristol on Saturday, July 22, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Ella Mae Anson; brother, Charles; sister, Eunice; husband, John Francis Steppe; and special canine/feline companions, Cherub, Popcorn, Perk, and Butch. Luella was born December 28, 1917 in North Syracuse, NY where she attended public schools. After graduating from Columbia International University (formerly Columbia Bible College) in 1943, she moved to Bristol and began her Bible teaching career, which spanned 40 years, in Bristol (TN/VA) public schools. Luella was an innovative teacher and captured the attention of her students by making Bible characters come alive through her creative use of a flannel board visual aid. She also earned a degree from Radford College in 1954. Luella married the love of her life John Francis Steppe at Tyler Memorial Church in Radford, VA on July 17, 1948. Francis passed away after a brief illness in 1971. Luella devoted her life to serving the Lord and humanity. In addition to a public school teaching career, she taught Sunday school for nearly 70 years and served as a deacon at Bristol's First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Virginia Asher Bible Council, the Bristol Retired Teachers Association and an auxiliary member of the Bristol Haven of Rest. Luella delivered Meals on Wheels until she was 93. She is survived by special friends, Louise and John Thrasher and Ann and Ron Jesse; her NHC caregivers; and a few nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Blevins Funeral & Cremation Services, 417 Lee St., Bristol, VA with Reverend John Thrasher and Reverend Ronnie Brewer officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. The committal service and entombment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Glenwood Cemetery Mausoleum, Bristol, TN.
Luella Jane Anson Steppe passed away at NHC Healthcare Bristol on Saturday, July 22, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Ella Mae Anson; brother, Charles; sister, Eunice; husband, John Francis Steppe; and special canine/feline... View Obituary & Service Information
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