- September 12, 1955 - March 9, 2017
- Desoto, Texas
of Earlane's Passing
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Earlane Steward was born on the 12th of September in Mt. Pleasant TX to Estella Ruffin and Morris Shaw. At the age of X, Earlane relocated to Dallas, TX with her family where she graduated from South Oak Cliff high school in 1973. At the age of 10, “Lannie” and her family moved to Dallas. At the age of 22, she met a charismatic young man by the name of Eugene Steward at a Braums on Ledbetter. They soon fell in love and married, and would spend 40 long years together. Earlane became a part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield family and worked there for over 35 years, but she would say her real job began the day they welcomed their baby girl, Arleshia, into their lives. Arleshia was Earlane’s pride and joy and she loved nothing more than spending time with family's family her grandpuppy. Lannie was a woman of faith. She prided herself in her love of God. Proverbs 31 describes the characteristics of a virtuous woman, and a virtuous woman was Earlane. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her, will testify to how much of a blessing to us she truly was. Earlane passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by people who love her. She will be remembered by all for her loving spirit, her benevolence and her devotion to her family. She was undeniably an angel on earth. Earlane is preceded in death by her mother, Estella Ruffin, and father, Morris Shaw; brothers James Calvin Ruffin, Esque Ruffin, and Jesse James Ruffin; sister Arlethia Ruffin all of Dallas, TX. To cherish her memory she leaves: her husband, Eugene Steward, Desoto Texas; her daughter, Arleshia Okoli (husband Ian); brothers Bill Ruffin, Lavan Ruffin, Rayford Ruffin, and Melvin Ruffin; sisters, Lenoria Irving (husband Will), and Madie Brown (husband Leon), in-laws, one aunt, Winnie Kate Spencer, a host of uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.