Montez Sorenson Steele, August 4, 1934 – October 20, 2017

On October 20, 2017, the lights went out in Moab when we lost our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Montez Sorenson Steele.

Montez passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. Montez was born on August 4, 1934, in Lyman, Utah, the fourth of seven children to Voyle E. and Lillie M. Sorenson. She had one brother and five sisters. Oh, how she loved her family. She married the love of her life and soulmate, Rodney (Ron) Steele, on July 17, 1953, in Loa, Utah; they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary.

Montez was known for her kindness and compassionate service, often bringing meals to many of her friends and neighbors. She was a peacekeeper, cosmetologist, artist and quilter. She loved to dance, fish and travel; she was always up for a new adventure. Montez was a sports fan, and loved to watch her kids and grandkids excel in all of their achievements.

She kept a beautiful home, yard and garden. She was especially known for her rolls and cinnamon rolls. Montez was a friend to everyone she met. Mom’s family was her life and greatest accomplishment. She loved to nurture her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she could never pass any baby without stopping and interacting with them.

Montez is survived by her loving husband, Ron; her five children: Jeanie Robinson (Eric), Mike Steele (Janet), Julie Ing (Wes), Pam Lopez (Rick) and Jeff Steele (Michelle); 16 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by four of her beloved sisters: DeOna, RaNae, Joyce and GaeLynn.

Her parents; one brother, Merwin; and one sister, Arda Mae, preceded her in death. Oh, what a wonderful reunion they must be having.

Funeral services will be held at the Moab Stake Center on Locust Lane on Saturday, October 28, at 11 a.m., with a viewing Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, and a viewing one hour prior to her service.

The family would like to thank the staff of Moab Regional Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Grand County Hospice for their loving care of our sweet mother. We would also like to thank everyone who provided food, flowers and prayers during this most difficult time.

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