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Eileen May Steele nee Muir (Smiley Eiley)

September 17, 2022

On September 17th, 2022, at Nelson Hospital with family by her side, aged 80 years.

Dearly loved wife of the late Richard Steele (Dick).  Treasured Mother & Mother-in-Law of

Elaine & Grant Growcott, Leslie Gurdler, Christine Steele, Gerry Story, 

Robyn & Brendon Rump.  Adored Nana of Renee, Lee, Amanda, Elly, Siobhan, David, Andrew, Abby & Josh.  Cherished Great Nana of Eva, Henry, Rylee, Cooper & Isla, & little miss on the way.  Beloved Daughter of the late Robert & Eva Muir. Loved Sister, Sister-in-law,

Aunt & Cousin to an extended loving family.  Eiley will be fondly remembered & dearly missed.

  “Forever in our hearts”.  Messages C/- 7C Fenmere Place, Burwood, Christchurch 8083,

or may be left on Eiley’s Tribute Page at

Donations in Lieu of flowers to Nurse Maude or St Johns.

A service to celebrate Eiley’s life will be held at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit,

Seaview Terrace, Hokitika, on Friday 23 September, commencing at 1.00 pm.

Following the service, Eiley will be laid to rest with her husband Dick, in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery.

To watch the service on Friday please click the link below.


  1. Roni Wright

    Poll,Grant and all the Steele family. My deepest sympathy on the sad passing of your Mum. All my love. X x x

  2. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy to you all. Many happy memories. Noeline Minehan

  3. Lani Johnston

    Very saddened to hear this. Sending condolences to all. On behalf of Chris and Craig Johnston.

    • CaroleJones

      Sending condolences to all Eileen’s family at this time of sadness.Fond memories. Rest In Peace Eileen.

  4. Donna Kersten

    Thoughts are with you all at this time.

  5. Hellen Morris

    So sorry to hear this sad news,I have many fond memories of Smiley.
    My deepest sympathy to all the family.
    RIP dear Smiley ❤️❤️

  6. Teresa Eden

    Thinking of you all. Very fond memories of Smiley. Good friend of my lovely Mum.

  7. Nancy Woolhouse

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  8. Sue Brussovs (Temple)

    Condolences to all the Family. I have many good memories of Eileen from my younger days. Thinking of you Elaine at this sad time. X

    • Jennifer Roberts

      Thinking of you all, deepest sympathy xjen

      • Sharon Newport

        Sending condolences to the family of the lovely and special Eiley.
        A wonderful caregiver to many Picton children, including mine. Thanks for that Eiley RIP.

  9. Betty Andrews

    Yes great memories of the times we had at the exchange.
    ….such hijinks over the years.

  10. Shirley Crowley

    Condolences to both families

    Condolences to all families

  11. Leanne Diedrichs

    My condolences to all the family x I have very special memories of staying at Hampden st x Eileen was always happy , thinking of you all at this sad time xxx

  12. Sadie Mortensen

    Sorry to hear your sad news of your mum, have a lot of fond memories working at the telephone exchange with her thinking of you all Sadie Mortensen (Singer).

  13. Marie and Wayne Bowden

    So saddened to hear of Eiley’s passing. May this lovely lady Rest In Peace. To those left behind, May you find strength and courage in the memories and stories you will share. Arohamai xxxx

  14. Jill Foster

    Sorry to hear of your mums passing. Thoughts are with you all.

  15. Pauline Adams

    Sorry to hear of Eily’s passing, thinking of you all at this time. May she rest in peace

  16. Miriama

    Pill,Grant and all of Smileys whanau thinking of you at this sad time ❤️❤️

  17. Sue Fraser

    Lots of memories working with Smiley at the telephone exchange. Always alot of laughter. RIP.

  18. Roger and Beryl Agnew

    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. A lovely lady now at rest.

  19. Diane & John Craig

    To Elaine and all the Family. So very sorry for the loss of Eily. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

  20. Sister Tui Cadigan

    Kia ora Elaine, Lesley, Robyn, Christine and families

    So sorry to hear of Smiley’s passing. Many good times shared over the years. May she rest peacefully. Arohanui
    Tui Cadigan RSM

  21. Maree Schimanski (nee Grewar)

    Thinking of all you at this time. Your mum was a good friend of my lovely mum and they had a lot of fun together. I always remember the times I spent with your mum she was lovely

  22. John and Glenwyn Nancekivell

    So sad to hear of your loss of Smiley Eiley, one lovely lady,,, RIP.

  23. Karen Polly Manson

    To the Steele girls and families Sad to hear of mums passing
    Eiley is and was so much fun especially when telling dad and dick off for being silly Buggars. Mum Sending condolence hugs.

  24. Doreen Marshall

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Had lots of fun working with smiley

  25. Fiona Pollard

    Sorry to hear Eily’y passing. DIck and Dad will be happy to see her, big hugs to the Steele girls xx

  26. Fiona Pollard

    Sorry to hear Eiley’s passing. DIck and Dad will be happy to see her, big hugs to the Steele girls xx

  27. Bronwyn

    I’m so very sorry we can’t be there today to celebrate the life of Eileey – one of most full of life, vibrant, caring women I’ve even been privileged to meet. Rest In Peace beautiful lady.
    All our love to the family.
    Bronwyn Baird (Rump), Richard and the boys xx

  28. Cathy Drake

    Condolences to both sides of Eileys family.
    You will be safe with Uncle Richard now.
    You will be very sadly missed Auntie
    Love Cathy Drake

  29. Barb & Russel Hoffman

    So sorry to hear about your Mum, Elaine. Hugs & condolences to you and all your family xx


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