|Birth:||6 January 1899|
Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK
|Death:||18 October 2010|
Repton, Derbyshire, UK
|Age:||111 years, 285 days|
Steele was born at Midway near Swadlincote as one of nine children born to Joseph and Bertha Fletcher. After leaving school at 13, she worked as a housekeeper in Leicester. She married her first husband Reginald Hackett in 1920, and had two children; Trevor Hackett (deceased), and Beryl Fairbrother. Steele later worked in a munitions factory in near Burton-upon-Trent. When she was 69 years old, she married her second husband Wallace Steele.
At age 108 Steele remarked "I plan on staying around for a bit yet. Old age is golden and I intend to make the most of it. I’m in good shape. I love to walk, the staff are always wondering where I’ve got to". When asked her secret to a long life, she credited hard work, avoid beer, and to not swear. She also said that she tries to concentrate on the "happy times".
On her 110th birthday, Steele recited a poem by Pam Ayres about the joys of old age.
She had 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
She died on 18 October 2010 in Repton.