1/20/1926 - 8/8/2010
Forty-five years after Variety printed her obituary, Patricia Neal died peacefully Sunday morning, surrounded by her family at home on Martha's Vineyard, the island she so loved. She faced her final illness as she had all of the many trials she endured: with indomitable grace, good humor, and a great deal of her self-described stubbornness.
Together with our mother's siblings Margaret Ann and Pete and their families, our partners, and the grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in whom she took such joy, we mourn her death and celebrate a life lived fully and well. The night before she died, she told us: "I've had a lovely time." So have we.
The funeral service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, August 11, at The Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown, MA. In honor of Patricia's love of all things bright, color is welcomed. A memorial service will be planned for the Fall.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that anyone wishing to honor her memory do so with a donation to Partners In Health, www.pih.org or P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578, or to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, www.patneal.org or 1901 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916.
-Tessa, Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy Dahl
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 10, 2010