Edna Jean (Steele) Greenslade




Life and Work

Jean was the youngest child born to James and Thriza Steele in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on February 23, 1927. Jean had an older sister, Mary, and an older brother, Jimmy. The family grew up in the North Battleford area. Jean attended Grey School and Maymont School where she completed Grade 10.

In 1943, Jean was fortunate to be one of the six women in Maymont to participate in a training course for weaving from Searle Grain. This is where Jean learned the fascinating art of weaving. She participated in the course, and has transferred the skills she learned to her future weaving projects. Jean utilized her skills until she and Alder moved to Edmonton. It wasn’t until they moved to Millet and she became involved with the Millet & District Arts & Craft Guild that she began weaving again with the Guild. The Guild has used her talent to create many beautiful creations.

Jean and Alder moved to various locations after they were married in 1948. Firstly, they lived in Edmonton for a couple of years; then settled east of Wetaskiwin on a farm for approximately 10 years. Then, they moved into Wetaskiwin, and finally settled in Millet in 1968. Jean and Alder were blessed with three children; Diane, Alan and Darlene.

Jean is constantly involved with something. Her contribution to the United Church is probably her most notable. Jean has been involved with the United Church for well over 50 years, and has been a member of both the Wetaskiwin and Millet United Church Women. Along with being a member of the Millet United Church for 42 years, her biggest contribution was organizing World Day of Prayer in Millet in 1970. She continues to organize this event each year, alternating with churches in Millet.

Whether it is the Royal Canadian Legion, Millet Seniors group, Millet Arts & Craft Guild, the Ag Society or the Harvest Fair organizations, Jean is active in the community with all the ongoing events. Also, she enjoys staying active with a friendly card game or a brisk walk along the paths of Millet. Jean is never far from the party.

Jean is a social butterfly. She is eager to learn and is involved in many different activities and organizations. She attributes her health and longevity to keeping busy. Jean has many talents; weaving, knitting, cooking and baking. She is never bored.