Arstine "Steen" Washington Pace
Arstine "Steen" Washington Pace
August 23, 1925 - July 20, 2019
Arstine “Steen” Washington Pace, age 93, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at her home in Olney, Texas. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 in the Chapel of Lunn Funeral Home in Olney. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Olney High School Auditorium in Olney with Pastor Louis Golden, Pastor Alfred Booker, Pastor Edward Mark and Pastor John McGee, officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Steen was born on August 23, 1925, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to the late Robert Washington and Nancy (Woolworth) Washington. She was the sixth child of eight children. Her mother (Nancy) passed away at an early age and Steen’s oldest sister took on the mother role and raised her siblings from the age of 14. Steen married Alfred Pace, Jr. on October 15, 1944 in Ft. Worth, and they moved to Olney to begin their new life in a small town. Struggling to have children, over time, God answered her prayers and she was blessed with two children. Along with her son and daughter, Steen raised her niece from age 9 as her own child. During segregation, she was committed to making sure that the children got a good education, so for two years, through rain, sleet and snow, she drove her children and others to Wichita Falls every day. She was instrumental in securing a bus to transfer the children to and from school for the next five years. In 1966, integration opened up the opportunity to attend school in Olney.
From 1966 to 1982, Steen worked at Haggar Slacks in Olney. She loved sports and was an avid hometown sports fan. She was always supporting her children and their school. During the children’s elementary years, Steen was crowned PTA Queen at A.E. Holland Elementary. She found time to be the organizer of the Bicentennial Black History Month Parade. Steen was the recipient of the Pioneer Award and Make My Day Award.
Having committed herself to the Lord, Steen served as pastor’s aid in Seymour for sixteen years, then became a member of the Rising Star Baptist Church in Olney. Talk about praying, you couldn’t be more dedicated to prayer than Steen! She was a prayer warrior for all. She said, “The Lord assigned me to be a caretaker for many”. For 18+ years, she volunteered her time and was very dedicated to the March for Jesus. She spoke these words often to encourage and lift others up: “We are more than a conquer through Jesus Christ” and “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you”. Teaching others how to love and be strong no matter what came your way was the foundation of her calling.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Pace, Jr.; three brothers, Robert Washington, Dude Washington and Jessie Lee Cross; four sisters, Mabel Thomas, Bernice Washington, Leoma Thomas and Mamie Foster.
Steen is survived by her son, Michael W. Pace and wife Amanda of Atlanta, Georgia; daughters, Brenda Joyce Pratt of Olney and Anna Golden and husband Louis of Olney; six grandchildren, Lauren Chatham and husband Anthony, Chase Pratt, Derrick Pratt, Trenton Pratt, Alfred “Al” Dean and LaAnna Golden; four great-grandchildren; nieces, Carlene Thomas King, Diane Washington, Barbara Ann Brooks and Viola Cross-Evans; nephews, Carl Thomas and wife Alva and Lawrence Edward Thomas and wife Ethelene; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.