Fannie grew up in the Hurricane section of Wise County and attended school at the old Wise High school. She is married to Letcher Steele and has six living children and one deceased, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
After raising her family, Fannie decided to better educate herself, so she bought a used typewriter and borrowed a typing book and she was off! She hasn’t stopped since! She has gone through two typewriters, two outdated computers and almost through one purchased new. (This part was written a few years ago and does not apply today)
The love of writing was instilled in Fannie while a child from writing letters for her mother to her older siblings who lived away from home. One of her interests is writing poetry. She has some of her work published in an anthology of Our World’s Best Loved Poems. She has received the Golden and Silver poet awards from World of Poetry and was invited to attend their poetry convention in Reno, Nevada. She also has poetry in Blue Mountain Arts that can be found at their electronic greeting card site on the internet.
Family Reunions, after the passing of her mother, inspired Fannie to delve further into researching her family history. Her first genealogy book, Country Roads and Lanes, was published in 1991 and five years later in 1996, The Crabtree-Stanley Collection: A Memorial, was in print. These two books cover both her Father and Mother’s families. She is currently working on and is nearing the completion of a book of old time recipes, stories, games, herbs, songs, etc., which will be called, Our Vanishing Heritage. (Can be purchased at Wise Historical Society office)
Fannie joined the book committee of The Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton, helping with stories and proof-reading. From the publishing of this book the Wise County Historical Society was formed and Fannie is a charter member. She volunteers at the Society’s office and is the archivist, keeping a database of all the books and documents that come into the office and filing them in their respective places. Fannie has helped with and authored numerous articles for Heritage I and II, WWII Veteran’s Book and the Apple Blossoms of Yesteryear published by the Historical Society. When the Appalachian Quarterly was initiated, Fannie became the book review editor for On The Bookshelf. She also maintains the Historical Society’s web page.
Aside from the Historical Society some of Fannie’s interests are Church, family gatherings, photography, and making quilts.