Ethel Steen Lapsley Gardner was born to Amanda Lapsley on October 15, 1949 in Perry County, Alabama.
Steen as she was affectionately called by all who knew her confessed Christ at an earlier age and joined the Oak Grove United Methodist Church. She later united with the morning Star Baptist Church where she sang in the Senior Choir and was a member of the Matrons.
Steen never appeared to have a bad day, as she always wore a warm and welcoming smile. She graduated from Lincoln Normal High School and worked in many capacities serving the broader community; positions included educator at Little Bo Peep Pre-School, Caregiver of Perry County Home Health, and lastly a Culinary Specialist at Perry County Nursing Home.
Steen was preceded in death by her only son, Anthony Lapsley and two brothers, Johnny and Earl Lapsley.
Steen leaves to cherish fond memories: a loving mother, Amanda Lapsley; two daughters, Tanya (Johnny) Underwood and Cassandra (John) Easley of Marion Alabama; seven grandchildren, Keltric (Aeriel) Lapsley, LaDamian (Astrea) Easley, Shavonjalia Bennett, DeVadric Easley, KaTandria Lapsley, Jaronica Bennett, and Alexis Easley; two great-grand daughters, Kelsei Easley and Ava Lapsley; one brother William (Cynthia) Lapsley; three sisters, Gwendolyn Brooks, Debra Lapsley and Janice Lapsley; a very special aunt, Vera Jones; four additional aunts, Ollie Payton, Queen (Eddie) Kynard, Lou McGreder and Barbara (Blane) Tindull; two honorary daughters, Sonya (Morris) Moore and Katrina (Henry) Easley and honorary grandchildren, DeHendric, Gabriana, Anthony and Deione; two special cousins, Jessie Hollis and Melanie Lapsley; special friends Jency Warren and Lucretia Phillips and a host of other nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
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