Janet Neely

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  • "You will be loved and missed everyday. Give Austin a hug..."
    - Sharon Miller
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Janet Griffin Neely died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Nov. 17, 2013.

Born on Feb. 6, 1934, in Gastonia, she was the daughter and youngest of five children to Nell Mae Hefner Griffin and Ralph Ray Griffin Sr.

She attended Victory school in Gastonia, Citrus Grove School in Miami, where she lived two years, Gastonia High School, and one year at Strat-ford College in Danville, Virginia. She loved dance and studied ballet in Gastonia, Coral Gables and Danville and was
a member of the Gastonia High School band.

On Aug. 28, 1954, she married John S. Neely Jr. In 1956 they moved to Ft. Lauderdale where they reared their three children. In 1994, they moved to Maitland, FL and lived there until retiring and moving to Tallahassee in 1999. In Ft. Lauderdale, Janet was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Junior League, Friends of the Library and the Ft. Lauderdale Garden Club, where she was awarded for her beautiful orchids. She served as a volunteer for the School for Learning Disabilities and was an instrumental participant in the restoration of the historic King-Cromartie House. In Maitland, she was a member of the Orlando Junior League transfer sustainers. While living in Tallahassee, she was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church and the Prince Murat Chapter of Questers.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Dorothy Caldwell (Robert), Corinne Stultz (William), Ralph Ray Griffin, Jr. (Con-nie), and Betty Sanborn (Bruce). Also preceding her was a grandson, Austin John Miller. Sharing Janet's life was her husband of fifty-nine years and their children Sharon Miller (Bruce) of Ponce Inlet, Leslie Rupp (Mike) of Tallahassee and John S. Neely, III of Tallahassee. Her grandchildren, Griffin Miller Zysk (Tom) of Tampa, Brittany Miller Weaver (Josh) of Delray Beach, Max David Miller of Ponce Inlet, Nichole Rupp of Tallahassee, Joseph Rupp of Tallahassee and Amanda Rupp Rhodes (Brad) of Jacksonville. Her two great grandchildren Preslie Elizabeth and Gracen Michael Rhodes of Jacksonville also survive her.

A service will be held in her memory 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

Fairchild Funeral Home (850-386-8686) is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to: Covenant Hospice, 1921 Capital Circle N.E., Tallahassee, FL 32308 or

Faith Pres-byterian Church, 2200 N. Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 11, 2013