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NANCY JANE HENRETTA NEELEY

NANCY JANE HENRETTA NEELEY Age 85, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Nancy was born Nov. 5, 1927 in Kane, PA to James and Henrietta (Stickman) Henretta. After graduation from Kane High School in 1944, she attended Elmira College in Elmira, NY. She married Claude Neeley on July 5, 1947 in Kane, PA. They set out cross country for several job interviews and landed in Midland, TX where Claude took a job with Argo Oil and Gas as a scout. Claude eventually opened his own business, Neeley & Neeley Land Services, while Nancy managed their home. Nancy owned and operated a needlepoint business, Wool Whimsy, and was a regular volunteer with The Midland Cerebral Palsy Center. In 1984, Claude & Nancy retired to Santa Fe, NM where they enjoyed showing his hand-thrown pottery and her hand-woven rugs in local galleries. While in Santa Fe, Nancy volunteered at The New Mexico Museum of Art. In 2004, they moved to Dallas. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Henrietta Henretta, her step-mother, Arline Henretta, her brother Jimmy Henretta and her husband of 62 years, Claude Neeley. She is survived by two brothers, Michael (Jan) Henretta of North Carolina and Terry (Gaye) Henretta of Florida; four children, Vicki and husband Gerald McDaniel of Colorado Springs, CO; son Lee Michael and wife Terry Neeley of Houston, TX; son Joel and wife Anne Rizzotto Neeley, and son Tim and wife Amy Ludwig Neeley, all of Plano TX; eleven grandchildren: Joel McDaniel of Denver, CO; Blaire McDaniel Riehl and husband, Jeremy, and Noah McDaniel, of Colorado Springs, CO; Blake and wife Sarah Jardine Neeley of Erie, CO; Adam and wife Merlinda Bueno McDaniel, of Galveston, TX; Justin and wife Brooke Winnette Neeley, and Jayme Neeley, all of McKinney, TX; Josh Neeley of San Antonio, TX; Garrett Neeley of Lubbock, TX; Kendall Neeley, of Plano, TX; and Aaron Converse, of Madison, WI; and ten great-grandchildren: Lawton Hays, Mackenzie Neeley, Landon Neeley, and Haiven Neeley, all of McKinney, TX; Steven Neeley and Quinn Neeley of San Antonio, TX; Gabriel Lucero and Arianna Riehl of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrea Neeley of Erie, CO; and Paige McDaniel of Galveston, TX; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy was an accomplished artist who loved needlepoint, weaving and gardening. She was a voracious reader with a sharp wit who had many friends. She committed her life to Christ during her last few months on earth, and was so joyous at the prospect of greeting Him upon her arrival in heaven. We have no doubt that she is basking in His presence on the arm of her best friend and beloved husband, Claude. Heartfelt thanks go to the three special ladies who cared for Nancy in the last eighteen months of her life: Cameshia Thomas, Dehab Michael and Killo Kihuye. They have been a blessing and we consider them members of the family. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Presbyterian Village North, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX, 75243. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 4350 Sigma Road, #400, Dallas, TX 75244, or The , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. In honor of Nancy's love of color, please wear your favorite bright color to the memorial as we celebrate a life well lived.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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