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Joyce Neal

Satellite Beach - Joyce Elizabeth Neal of Satellite Beach, Florida was born on December 23, 1923 in Nickerson, Nebraska and died peacefully in her sleep on July 1, 2018 at Grand Villa, Melbourne, Florida. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, John Robert Neal and her daughter Nancy Elizabeth Neal. She is survived by her 5 loving children Diane O'Shea(John) of Jupiter Beach, FL, Patricia Keyworth of New Orleans, LA, Laurence Neal(Sherry) of Zachary, LA, Brian Neal, Major General USAF(ret.) (Kathy), of Ft. Mill, S.C. and Randolph Neal, Colonel U.S. Army(ret.), (Michelle) of Cary, N.C and 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Joyce was the Valedictorian of her high school class and was awarded a Regents Scholarship to college. She married the love of her life, John Neal, after World War II. She spent the majority of her life moving from place to place as an Air Force wife, from Germany to Okinawa among many assignments. Her proudest accomplishment was raising her 6 children to be honest, caring individuals. Joyce was there for each of her children when needed, if it was cooking cookies, attending school events or going to school once a week to assure that her children succeeded in obtaining an education. Joyce sacrificed so much in life for her family to ensure they all obtained an education and had the tools to succeed in life. She never felt it was a burden or a chore but something to be proud of. She was the glue that held the family together through the good times and the hard times.

After her husband retired from the Air Force, they eventually moved to Satellite Beach where they had many wonderful times and were reunited with many old friends, especially Lee and Mimi Tannenbaum, friends for more than 60 years and made many new friendships. Joyce volunteered at many places during her life. She was a volunteer at the hospital at Patrick AFB for many years. As a member of Eau Gallie Yacht Club, she was an avid bridge player. Joyce and her husband spent many good times there with their friends and family.

Joyce had a favorite saying, which we all heard many times. She would tell us "that she did the best with what she knew." May we all always honor her memory by following her example in life and make her proud of us.

The family would like to gratefully thank One Senior Place for all their care and assistance throughout her life. A special thanks to Judy Sams, her caregiver and friend for many years and Karen Rowland, her nurse and the family's lifesaver, who was with her even at the end of her journey.

Services will be held at Arlington Cemetery on September 19th.

Online condolences may be left at beachfuneralhome.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 12, 2018
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