Kathleen Neville

  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry to hear..."
    - Marlene Gilman Trumbo
  • "God bless you mom, you are deeply missed and made the world..."
    - Charlie Neville
  • "Kathleen was a lot of fun in Jr. High and HS. I'm sad that..."
    - Michael Roth
  • "Art, I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Kathy...."
    - Mary Every Morgan
  • "Art, thinking about you and your family at this difficult..."
    - Chris/Jacque Mckay

Kathleen Mary Neville, 63, transcended the material to spirit surrounded by her loving family in Anchorage on May 4, 2013 after a courageous eight year struggle with ovarian cancer, a hurdle that never got the best of her. She inspired other women with ovarian cancer to fight the good fight with grace, grit and humor. She is our hero.

Kathleen was born in Holdrege, Nebraska on July 9, 1949, the middle child of Keith and Mary Pond. In 1956 the Pond family, including older brother Robert and younger brother Michael moved from Nebraska to Corvallis, Oregon where Kathleen graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School, Highland View Jr. High School and Corvallis High School where she met her true love and soul mate Arthur Neville. They were high school sweethearts and married June 17, 1969. Their friendship and devotion through the 44 years of marriage produced three children; Maria, Charles and Michael and the Neville crew was complete. Kathy loved being a mom as her kids can testify. It was a happy household.

Kathleen's talents were many. She had the gift of being that special someone. The unique relationships she forged with one and all were all quite genuine. She'd go the extra mile. Her children will recall her as one they could always count on to be there through life's mysterious unfoldings. She was solid as a rock but underlying this was a sense of fun at the absurdity of it all.

Her husband Arthur will recall a priceless, irreplaceable gem in his wife and his brilliance was to enjoy her better sense and typically would concede, "Yes, my sweet, your wish is my command." They had a lot of fun together helping each other every step of the way. She had the brightest smile in the universe and never had a bad day.

The relationship she had with her mother Mary was very special, transcending the familiar mother daughter relationship into their being best friends. Her daughter, Maria joined this club and there are legends about the absolute brilliance of this group of three - if not absolute brilliance there was at the very least going to be some keen insights with the subsequent laughter which as we all know is very good medicine. Good times, indeed.

The trip to Vegas celebrating Maria's 21st birth date is something only they can understand.

Her brother Michael recalls her devotion to Elvis: "Kathy took me to see Blue Hawaii 14 times." So it seems appropriate after the move to Alaska that she and Art would visit Hawaii fairly often in the winter months.

Kathleen enjoyed their place on the Kenai, entertaining at home with friends and family rooting on the Oregon State Beavers and going to the Captain Cook Gym where she appreciated the lovely group of people she met there. She really liked swimming with her gal pals.

We'd like to give a shout out to Darlene, a tried and true comrade, also to Shawn, Maria's husband and Shawn's mother, Linda, Sharla, Charlie's wife and far too many to mention except to say that while Kathleen was on our stage all would agree she was a real class act and will be missed. She fought that good fight and we are all better for having known her.

"So Hail the Goer, my Sweet, we'll see you on the other side."

In memory of mom, please make donations to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 10 to May 11, 2013