OBITUARY

Mary Frances Neeley

March 15, 1931June 20, 2018
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Mary Frances Neeley, 87, of Alger, passed away 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, due to heart failure, surrounded by her loving family at the Wyngate Senior Living Community in Lima. She was born in Ada on March 15, 1931 to Darrell and Blonda Vida (Leonard) Dern and they preceded her in death. On July 11, 1954, she married Lawrence Calvin Neeley and he passed away on March 1, 2002.

Her survivors include her children: Michael David (Debra) Neeley and their children, Jason Cox, Jennifer (Patrick) Shambarger, Jessica (Luke) Suarez and Grant Neeley; Brian J. (Diana) Neeley and their children, Matthew (Rochelle) Neeley, Brittany (Michael) Armbruster and Alexis (Samuel) Cox: and Lawrence Calvin (Alyson) Neeley, Jr. and their children, Lance (Amy) Neeley and Lawren Neeley. She also leaves fifteen great grandchildren. Along with her parents and her husband she is preceded in death by her sister, Kathyn R. Costa.

Mrs. Neeley was employed as an educator for the Riverside School district, finishing her career teaching the first grade. After retirement, Mary was President of the Adult Literacy Program of Hardin County. She was active in the Audubon Society and many other community activities. She was a member of the Alger First United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher; she was a graduate of Park College and earned her Master’s degree from Wright State University. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother.

We wish to thank the entire staff at Wyngate Senior Community for their care, compassion and all the love they gave Mary.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Alger First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Don Clinger, officiating. Burial will follow in Preston Cemetery, Alger.

Family and friends may call on Sunday June 24, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at SIFERD-ORIANS FUNERAL HOME and again one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church in Alger.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideons International P O Box 140800 Nashville, Tennessee, to the Alger Public Library or to Park University. Online condolences can be left at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 25, 2018
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June 30, 2018

Dear Mike, Brian and Families,
You have our sympathy in the loss of your mother. May God comfort you.
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Biography

Mary Frances Neeley, 87, of Alger, passed away 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, due to heart failure, surrounded by her loving family at the Wyngate Senior Living Community in Lima. She was born in Ada on March 15, 1931 to Darrell and Blonda Vida (Leonard) Dern and they preceded her in death. On July 11, 1954, she married Lawrence Calvin Neeley and he passed away on March 1, 2002.

Her survivors include her children: Michael David (Debra) Neeley and their children, Jason Cox, Jennifer (Patrick) Shambarger, Jessica (Luke) Suarez and Grant Neeley; Brian J. (Diana) Neeley and their children, Matthew (Rochelle) Neeley, Brittany (Michael) Armbruster and Alexis (Samuel) Cox: and Lawrence Calvin (Alyson) Neeley, Jr. and their children, Lance (Amy) Neeley and Lawren Neeley. She also leaves fifteen great grandchildren. Along with her parents and her husband she is preceded in death by her sister, Kathyn R. Costa.

Mrs. Neeley was employed as an educator for the Riverside School district, finishing her career teaching the first grade. After retirement, Mary was President of the Adult Literacy Program of Hardin County. She was active in the Audubon Society and many other community activities. She was a member of the Alger First United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher; she was a graduate of Park College and earned her Master’s degree from Wright State University. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother.

We wish to thank the entire staff at Wyngate Senior Community for their care, compassion and all the love they gave Mary.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Alger First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Don Clinger, officiating. Burial will follow in Preston Cemetery, Alger.

Family and friends may call on Sunday June 24, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at SIFERD-ORIANS FUNERAL HOME and again one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church in Alger.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideons International P O Box 140800 Nashville, Tennessee, to the Alger Public Library or to Park University. Online condolences can be left at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.

MARY FRANCES (DERN) NEELEY

Mary Frances Neeley was born March 15th 1931 in Ada, Ohio at the the home of her grandparents. Her parents were Darrell and Blonda (Leonard) Dern, both 1927 graduates of ONU. She had one sister Kathrine born two years prior. Her early school years were in Akron Ohio but she attended and graduated from H.S. in Highpoint North Carolina. She received a degree in education from Park College, in Kansas City Missouri. She regarded her college years as a life changing experience. She remained friends with many of her classmates all her life. Mary’s maternal family was known to be a family of preachers and teachers. She followed in those foot steps. Mary took her first teaching job in Roundhead Ohio. A fellow teacher introduced Mary to her brother Lawrence C. Neeley whom was home on leave from the Airforce. They began writing back and forth and soon became engaged. They were married on July 11th, 1954 in Akron, Ohio. Some thought that Mary was Lawrence’s reward from God because he had recently received salvation with the help of a Nazarene preacher while based in Alaska.
Mary was a teacher for life. After Roundhead Mary taught in Greenville South Carolina where Lawrence was based for his final Airforce days. Following his discharge they moved back to Ohio where Mary had her first son Michael in Akron. Then she taught again at Roundhead until she was near the birth of her second son Brian. Mary became a stay at home mom in Kenton Ohio and had her third son Lawrence Jr. there. After her boys were old enough she began teaching again. Mary taught at Perry School, Belle Center and other Logan County schools. Halfway through her teaching career Mary returned to school and obtained an elementary teaching certificate with a Masters Degree from Wright State Univ. She began teaching in the Riverside School System and taught first grade for the last thirteen years. After her retirement Mary continued to substitute. Then she joined the Literacy Council and taught adults to read. She taught water exercise classes for the elderly. All this time she tutored children and adults.
Wanting them to learn about America she also hosted four exchange students over the years. Not leaving her own out, Mary engaged her own children and grandchildren in many educational activities. She hosted her grandchildren and took them on adventures and to
Vacation Bible School. She took them on her travels and to special events such as Audubon weekends. Mary loved to watch her grandchildren in their school programs and sporting events.
After the family moved to a farm house just South of Alger in 1961, Mary joined the Alger First United Methodist Church. She attended there until moving to assisted living in 2015.
Mary made sure that her sons were involved in the church all of their young lives. She also taught Sunday School up until the time she left. She served on multiple church boards. Mary also liked to serve others. She visited shut-ins and drove her friends to where they needed to go until she was just no longer able when she moved to assisted living.
Mary was never one to set still. She was also involved in multiple clubs such as Audubon, Retired teachers, Three Arts, and many more. She loved to travel. She traveled with her husband in retirement. After he passed Mary drove herself or took a bus trip every chance she got.
Mary’s signature hobby however was reading. She was never found without a book. With every spare moment she was reading. She also made sure her three young sons were reading all through their summer breaks. She collected a large personal library and persisted in encouraging her grandchildren to read. She always was willing to help others to learn to read. Even when she moved to assisted living she was always seen reading something. If fact within days of her passing she was found looking for things to read.
Mary however was known more than anything for her kind and gentle personality. It is difficult for her family to remember her ever speaking a harsh word. She never lost that. She instilled a positive attitude in her family. She set a Christian example. She set a loving example to all.
On Mary’s behalf the family would like to thank all of the staff at Wyngate Senior Living for the loving care they provided her. She would have want that.