Janie Bell Neely

Janie Bell Neely 10/27/1920 - 8/16/2013 Janie Bell Neely went to be with her Heavenly Father on August 16, 2013. She passed peacefully, surrounded by family. Janie Bell was born on October 27, 1920, in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. She lived in North Carolina for many years, and for the last sixteen, in California. Janie was a gracious and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. Her loving husband, Fred Lee Neely, preceded Janie in death. Janie's true passion was the care and keeping of her family and home. She spent her years dispensing profound advice and homemade remedies to those she loved. It was important to Janie to raise a family that demonstrated the qualities that she chose to live by, which were faith, charity, compassion, empathy and love. She found great joy in gardening and spent many hours planning each season's crop that would yield enough for her to share with family and friends. Janie also enjoyed cooking, using her homegrown ingredients. While living in North Carolina, Janie was an active member of New Hope AME Zion Church in Salisbury, North Carolina. She also spent many years volunteering her time to Meals on Wheels, both in North Carolina and California. Janie excelled in the art of crocheting and sewing; producing intricate pieces that will last for many years to come. Once she moved to California, she took great pleasure in playing Bunco, and participated in this group for the sixteen years she lived here. It was in that group that she befriended women of different ages, growing relationships that became a vital part of her life. Those who knew Janie were taken by her infectious laugh, her candid ways, and gracious spirit. Janie is survived by her sister Rachel Hoover of Greensboro, North Carolina, her daughter Costella Witherspoon and son-in-law Levan Witherspoon Jr., of Victorville, California, her son Fred Neely Jr., of Greensboro, North Carolina, her son Albert and daughter-in-law Wanda Neely, and son Samuel Neely of Salisbury, North Carolina, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An informal visitation to celebrate Janie Bell Neely's life will be on Thursday, August 22, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Desert View Mortuary, 11478 Amargosa Road, Victorville, California. Formal funeral services will follow in North Carolina.

Funeral Home

Desert View Memorial Park & Mortuary
11478 Amargosa Road Victorville, CA 92392
Published in the Daily Press from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013