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Bertelea Izetta Steely

September 25, 1940 — December 2, 2020

Bertelea “Bertie” Izetta Steely, 80, of Huntersville, North Carolina, went to be with her Lord on December 2, 2020, surrounded by her three daughters during her ascension to Heaven. Bertie was a loving and cherished Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and friend to many.

Bertie was born in McPherson, Kansas, on September 25, 1940, to the late Leah Miller and Berthold Miller. She graduated from Salina High School in 1958 and attended the University of Oklahoma where she joined the Alpha Gama Delta sorority. Before moving to Huntersville, North Carolina, in 2005 she lived in Bangor, Maine, Bethany, Oklahoma, and Denver, Colorado.

Bertie retired from the St. Paul Companies where she worked for 25 years as an Underwriter and Marketing Specialist.

Bertie was a very active member of the Happy Times Seniors, Bible Study, and WELCA Group at Community in Christ Lutheran Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. She worked as a volunteer for the State of North Carolina election committee. In the summers she ran “Camp Gram” where her grandchildren would come to play, swim, do arts & crafts projects, and work on their summer reading. She enjoyed walks, painting, jig-saw puzzles, reading, playing mah-jongg, and visiting with friends and family.

Bertie is survived by her sister, LaRetta Flora of Denver, Colorado; three daughters; Deborah “Deb" Porter of Dallas, Texas; Patricia “Trish” Boyd of Charlotte, North Carolina; Karen Wantland of Huntersville, North Carolina; three sons-in-law; Larry Porter, Kemper Boyd, and Dennis Wantland; five grandchildren; Trevor Wantland, Rachel Porter, Miller Boyd, Sidney Wantland, and Riley Wantland; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and life-long friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 18th at 1:00 p.m. It will be a Drive-In Service outside of the Community in Christ Lutheran Church (7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius, North Carolina 28031) with Pastor Michael Beery and Pastor Lisa Beery presiding. During the service, you may remain in your car or bring a folding chair to sit outside. Masks are required. For those attending, please use the SignUp Genius link below to reserve your space. Family and friends who cannot attend the service in person may participate using the Memorial Service link. Should the Memorial Service be postponed due to inclement weather, the family will post the new date and time for the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made in Bertie’s name to the Community in Christ Lutheran Church.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville is assisting the family. Condolences and memories of Bertie may be shared with the family at

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, techs, and caregivers at Novant Huntersville Hospital as well as those at The Laurels who loved and cared for her this past year.

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