Ruth Nealy Strand
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Ruth Nealy Strand, 96, of Madison, Mississippi, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
The eldest girl of six children of the late Stance Nealy and Helen Bonner, she was born February 12, 1917 in Shubuta, MS and was baptized at Oak Grove Baptist Church. The family later moved to Lake Charles, LA where she helped raise her brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Otis P. Strand and siblings, Harry Nealy, Howard Nealy, Myrtle Doss, Frank Nealy and Fannie Lyons and niece Darlene Smith.
She is survived by children, Donald Strand of Canton, MS and Karen Bishop and husband Burns Bishop of Madison, MS; the light of her life, her grandson, Aaron Shows of Hattiesburg, MS; her sister-in-law, Fay Nealy (wife to Frank Nealy) of Colbert, GA and many nieces and nephews.
As adopted children, mother always told us we were special because we were chosen. No doubt we were special because we had her as a mother. She was a loving sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She taught through example and I know she found favor in God's eyes. She will be missed.
A family graveside service will be held at the old church cemetery at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Shubuta, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to
- MS Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Ste 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Aug. 16, 2013