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Suella Neal

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HENDERSONVILLE-Our beloved Susie passed away Wednesday, July 16, in Hendersonville, NC. Born Suella Clyde on November 27, 1938, in Spartanburg, SC. After graduating Spartanburg High School, she attended flight attendant school in New York City. Susie was married to her former husband Captain Edward (Van) Foster VanDoren while serving others as a stewardess with National Airlines. In 1988, she married James Ellerbe Neal (Big Daddy), and they spent many happy years together with their dog, Precious.
Susie loved life and everyone she met. She never knew a stranger and always helped others throughout her life. Her faith, love and compassion were pillars of strength for her family and friends. She was considered an angel on earth making a lasting impression of love and joy. She loved her church families and prayer groups. Susie was a former member of John Knox Presbyterian in Greenville, SC, and a current member of Grace Lutheran in Hendersonville, NC.
Susie is survived by her three children Edward Foster VanDoren, Jr., and wife, Melissa; Wesley John VanDoren and wife, Adriane; and Suzanne Gray and husband, Elmer. Susie had thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Susie's celebration of life will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held in the church from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following: John Knox Presbyterian, Grace Lutheran, and Carolina Village 40th Anniversary Fund.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
Published in The Times-News on July 17, 2014
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