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Clara Josephine Steele Montileaux
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1921
Shannon County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 2010
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA

Clara Josepine Montileaux, 89, of Rapid City and Kyle, SD, died Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital at Rapid City.
Clara J. Montileaux was born December 1, 1921, at Rockyford, SD, and left this world on December 7, 2010, to join her husband "Jumbo." She grew up around the Rockyford area and went to the local Day School until she left for the boarding school at Holy Rosary Indian Mission, Pine Ridge, SD, and returned home before completing high school to help with family.
She moved to Rapid City with her husband and worked odd jobs until she started at Buckingham Lumber Mill, and then at St. John's Hospital in the diet kitchen on second floor. In 1966 Jumbo and Clara and their son "Donnie" moved back to their home at Kyle, SD, to resume ranching, and with additional cattle purchased with an FHA loan. They worked hard and were successful in ranching and Jumbo became well-known for his ability to train great ranch horses.
Clara was a companion and worked side-by-side with her husband until his passing on June 6, 2004. She was active in ranch work even though she moved to Rapid City to be closer to her son and his family; she still managed her ranch at Kyle.
The welcome mat was always out at their home in Kyle, or Rapid City, and the cowboy coffee and food was shared by many a good friend. Jumbo and Clara always gave solid advise and Clara was the ‘salt of the earth and Jumbo was the pepper.'
Jumbo always said he wanted on his headstone, "Here lays a Cowboy, and right by my side is my Cowgirl."
She married Floyd "Jumbo" Montileaux in June 1947, and they had one son. She is survived by their son Donald and his wife Paulette, Rapid City, SD, three grandchildren, Dawn (and Garettt) Dugan, Kyle, SD, Christopher Montileaux and his two daughters Emily and Miranda, and youngest granddaughter Ashley Kyle Montileaux; one brother Kenneth Steele, Rapid City, SD; Madonna Adams, Rapid City, SD; DelRae Colman, Ephrata, PA; Barbara McGirt, North Richland Hills, TX; and many nieces and nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 13, with a Rosary Service to follow at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Churh, Rapid City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 14, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church with Rev. David Matzko, S.J. officiating.
Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Rapid City. 
Family links: 
  David Leroy Steele (1878 - 1950)
  Ellen Mae Pourier Steele (1895 - 1990)
  Floyd E. Montileaux (1921 - 2004)
  William Steele (1907 - 1908)**
  Irene Steele (1910 - 1911)**
  Charles Yellow Bird Steele (1912 - 1962)**
  Henry Wright (1914 - 1997)**
  Ruth Louise Steele Seiler (1916 - 2000)*
  Hope Vivian Steele Amiotte (1919 - 2008)*
  Clara Josephine Steele Montileaux (1921 - 2010)
  David LeRoy Steele (1924 - 2009)*
  Donald Alex Steele (1929 - 1992)*
  Marilyn M Steele (1932 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Lot 155 Grave 13
Created by: Frankie
Record added: Dec 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62755747
Clara Josephine <i>Steele</i> Montileaux
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Clara Josephine <i>Steele</i> Montileaux
Added by: Matt Amiotte
Clara Josephine <i>Steele</i> Montileaux
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Laura Gunn - great granddaughter of Elizabeth Hill (sister of David Leroy Steele)
- Laura Gunn
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