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Mary Anne NEFF

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Mary Anne NEFF Obituary

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NEFF, Mary Anne 85, passed away March 9, 2014, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. She was born April 10, 1928, in Greene County, Ohio, and was preceded in death by her parents, Harold W. and Florence Collins Bryson, brothers Robert of Albuquerque, NM, H. Edwin of Tallmadge, OH, and sister, Helen Brantley, Xenia. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Leo L. Neff, sons Robert and Scott (Kathleen), and grandchildren Kimberly, Justin, Christian, Brayden, Branden, and Kristen, two great-grandchildren, a sister Betty Martel (Charles) of Beavercreek, sister-in-law, Janet (Russell) Terrell of Akron, numerous nieces and nephews in NM, KY, AL and OH (locally Mrs. Janine (Brian) Montgomery and Mrs. Betsy (Dr. David) Crandall), and by many close friends. Mary Anne attended Muskingum College, New Concord, OH, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Education. She studied organ with Wilbur Held, composer and organist at The Ohio State University. Mary Anne lived a full life accomplishing much-her heart's desire of being both a first-grade/kindergarten teacher and church organist. She retired after teaching over 30 years in Dayton, Beavercreek, and Brize-Norton USAF Base (England) schools. She studied piano with Marjorie Street in Xenia, and began playing church organs while in Xenia Central High School and continued until a few years before her death, willingly substituting for many churches and groups-often in emergency situations. She kept good records of her organ career and said she'd played in over 100 churches. She played for many weddings and always gave the bride a pretty memento-card listing the music played at the wedding. She was honored as Organist Emerita by her home church, Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Xenia. She was a member of the Morning Friendship Circle, Home Builders, and Covenant Sunday School Class and served as a church Deacon and taught Sunday and Bible School. She was a 60-year member of the Dayton Guild of Organists and was a life member of the Greene County Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association with over 30 years of membership. She was an inspiration for many entering the field of teaching, including family members. She was a lover of children, dogs, good music, the OSU football team, and faithfully sent cards of love and support to many friends and relatives. She participated with nine college friends in a 'round robin' letter writing correspondence that she treasured dearly. She will be missed by many in her family and community. Services will be held at 11am, Saturday, March 15, at Memorial United Presbyterian Church, 343 W. Ankeney Mill Rd., Xenia, with Rev. Kelley W. Shin officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30am Saturday, until service time at the church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia. Contributions may be made to Memorial United Presbyterian Church, in her memory. Condolences may be made to the family at www.NeeldFuneralHome.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 12, 2014
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