Jennie S. Robinson


(Jan. 4, 1916 - Jan. 31, 2017)

Jennie Steele Robinson died at Gilbert Mercy Hospital in Arizona on Jan. 31, 2017. She was 101.

She was born Jan. 4, 1916, in Willow Springs, Missouri, to Herbert L. and Lola Wilson. She was the oldest of three siblings.

The Wilsons moved to Garland and then to Powell when she was a young child. She graduated from Powell High School in 1934.

Jennie married Bud Steele June 22, 1936, in Billings.

Their daughter, Bonnie Lorraine Steele, was born Dec. 17, 1941.

Bud and Jennie were married for 54 years.

Jennie worked for 25 years as a teller at First National in Powell and later she and Bud managed Cactus Garden Court.

Several years later, Jennie married Woodrow Robinson, formerly of Powell, who preceded her in death.

She also was preceded in death by her brothers Harry Wilson and Don Wilson.

Survivors include her daughter Bonnie Reno Sauve and her husband Gary Sauve; three grandchildren Troy Dean Reno (Claudette) Lisa LaRee Soderberg (Dan) and Travis Steele Reno (Lara). She also had five great-grandchildren, Brenden Reno (Kelly), Chantalle Ellis (Jim), Trevor Reno, Jake Soderberg and Zoe Soderberg; and one great-great-grandchild, Ariella Rose Reno.

Jennie is also survived by Woody’s two daughters, Anne Messenger (Gary) and Sonja Guard (Bob).

A celebration of life will be held this summer in Bismarck, North Dakota.