PITTSBURG, Kan. — Members of P.E.O. Chapter AQ surprised JoAnn “Joanie” Steele of Pittsburg at their December auction on Tuesday with a card shower and bouquet in recognition of her 65 years as a member of the sisterhood.
Steele was initiated into Chapter DK in Valley Falls, Kansas, on Dec. 17, 1957. She joined Chapter DD in Chanute in 1959 and has been a valued member of Chapter AQ since she transferred her membership on Jan. 11, 1977, the chapter said in a press release. She has served as president of both Chapter DD and AQ as well as holding other offices in each chapter and also serving on Chapter AQ’s initiation team.
Steele, a retired teacher, has three children, nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Her hobbies include genealogy. She grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Friends and P.E.O. sisters from other chapters who may have missed the December auction may still send congratulatory cards and greetings to Steele at 2307 Knollview St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.