Mary Lou passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 surrounded by her family at her home in Plainwell. She was born February 8, 1931 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Earl and Blanche (Towne) Hoyt. Mary Lou had worked at Consumers Power for a couple of years. She met the love of her life, Bruce Steele on a blind date and they were married on September 2, 1950 in Kalamazoo. Mary Lou spent the next several years raising her four children. She loved taking care of her family and helping to run the family farm. Mary Lou enjoyed cooking and was known for her great meals and large lunches. She was a member of the Slick Chicks Garden Club in Cooper and had been a 4-H leader and had taught sewing. Mary Lou was also an active member of the Otsego Church of God where she enjoyed being part of the sewing circle. She and Bruce were inducted into the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame in the 90's. Surviving are her husband; children, Douglas (Christine Kling) Steele of Otsego, Diana (Keeler) Thompson of California, David Steele of Plainwell and Deborah (Steven) Cook of Indiana; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; her siblings, Russell (Alice) Hoyt and Lois (Jim) Richmond along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and great-granddaughter, Kinsleigh Kathleen Weaver. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Mary Lou's family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Otsego Church of God, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating. Private family burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery at a later time. Contributions in memory of Mary Lou may be made to the Otsego Church of God or to Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.