Ellen Marie Steele Lozier


Dec. 15, 1924 – March 28, 2019

After a long and happy life, Ellen passed

away in Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Williams

Lake, B.C. In her final days, she was

surrounded by loving family. Ellen was predeceased

by her husband Jack in 2009, son

Gary in 2016, and grandson Tad in 2015,

her brother “Bud” Steele, in 2006, and sister

Margaret Stoll in 2001. Ellen is survived by

daughters Gayle, Becky (Larry), Lynn “elle”

(Sherman), son Deb (Joan), and daughter-inlaw

Sharlene. Also left to mourn her passing

are grandchildren Bryon Lozier (Mandi),

Monte Lozier; Shoshone Sky (Carlie); Nik

Stilwell (Paula), Mynde Stilwell; Kyle

Lozier (Faren), Reid Lozier (Shelby); 13

great-grandchildren, Gus, Clay and Steele

Lozier, Ridge and Cedar Stewart; Louis and

Bowdrie Lozier; Arrow Sky; Ty and Garrett

Stilwell, Trevor Provencial; Sage Stilwell;

Norah Lozier and many extended family

members and friends.

Ellen and Jack were both fourth generation

from original Wyoming pioneers of the

late 1800s who settled in the Upper Green River Valley of western Wyoming. Ellen’s parents

were Milford Byron (Mike) Steele and Hannah Ellen Allen (Queen) Steele. Milford’s

parents were Edward Phoebus and Emma Belle (Hoff) Steele. They settled on the East Fork,

before what is now Boulder was established in the mid 1890s, along with Emma’s mother

and father, Henry and Jane Nottingham Hoff, and Emma’s two brothers, Sam and Harry.

They were one of the first six families who settled in the area during that time.

Ellen was born in Rock Springs and grew up on her parents’ ranch along the New Fork

River northwest of Pinedale, with her sister Margaret and brother “Bud”(Ralph Allen). She

attended Pinedale elementary and high schools, traveling the 4-1/2 miles to elementary

school in Pinedale in a kerosene-heated “school bus-sled” of about four or five neighboring

children during the cold Wyoming winters. Summers were spent at her grandparents’ East

Fork ranch on Silver Creek where her parents moved the household for haying season.

She graduated high school in 1942, and signed up for the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. To fill

the demand for nurses during World War II, the United States government provided free

education to nursing students between 1943 and 1948. Ellen began her training in Rock

Springs and finished up final training in Denver. In exchange for training, nurses were

contracted to serve in the military as a registered nurse during the war, but by the time she

graduated, the war was winding down, and the government canceled the service obligation.

Ellen worked as a student nurse in Rock Springs and Denver hospitals as part of her training.

After receiving her RN degree, she worked with Dr. McLeod at St. John’s Hospital in

Jackson Hole, with Dr. Knapp and Dr. Johnston at Pinedale’s Clinic, with Dr. Smith, DDS,

and served as Sublette County School Nurse during the 1960s. She married Walt Mahaffey,

Jr., in 1944. They had four children, divorcing in 1952. In 1954, Ellen married Jack Lozier;

Jack legally adopted the four children. They made their home in Cora at the Rahm Place

during which time their youngest son, Deb, was added to the family. In the late 1950s, they

bought a ranch in Boulder and moved the family of seven there. In October 1967, Jack and

Ellen immigrated to British Columbia with the last two of their five children. They ranched

for more than two decades in Soda Creek, B.C. When they sold the Anvil Ranch at Soda

Creek and retired in 1993, they again moved further north, just south of Quesnel, B.C. Jack

died in 2009 and Ellen moved to 150 Mile House to be closer to Deb and his family. The

last 18 months she lived at Seniors’ Village in Williams Lake. Her final three months she

was in Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake.

She was known as Grandma Ellen to all the young people who came into her and Jack’s

lives throughout their ranching years, and leaves many lifelong and dear friends in both the

Cariboo and in Sublette County. Ellen loved music, learning to play piano at an early age

from her Aunt Phronie, and continued to play all her life. She had her Grandma Allen’s

square horizontal parlour piano professionally restored by an Allen cousin, and moved it

up to Soda Creek, providing decades of entertainment and enjoyment. The piano is still in

the family, back with her cousin’s family who restored it. Only during her final year did

she not play piano.

At her request, there will be no service. Ellen will be greatly missed, but never forgotten

by her family and many friends. The family will gather in late summer to spread ashes in

Soda Creek.

Sincere thanks from the family to all Ellen’s caregivers over the years, especially Dr. Van

der Merwe and the staff at Seniors’ Village and Cariboo Memorial Hospital. Ellen was a

loyal and constant contributor to Covenant House (www.covenant house.org), a nonprofit

providing housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness, helping young

people transform their lives and put them on a path to independence, and to fighting human

trafficking. Share memories and condolences online through Ellen’s obituary at

https://www.wltribune.com/obituaries/ellen-marie-steele-lozier/.

Suddenly (our) ancestors stand behind us. “Be still,” they say. “Watch and listen. You

are the result of the love of thousands.”

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