NEAL, Patricia 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. We are grateful for her extraordinarily full life, which included a long and illustrious career on both stage and screen and was filled with loving friends and family spread across the world. Her remarkable recovery from multiple strokes aided by her husband Roald Dahl, who designed a rehabilitation program for her, and her subsequent advocacy for stroke victims has been a great source of hope to stroke sufferers and their families, as well as a constant inspiration to our family. Her deep and practical dedication to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee has made possible the recovery of thousands of patients with brain injuries. We share our loss with the many communities of which our mother was a warm and ever-gracious part, the stroke-affected families to whom she offered hope and support, and her many, many fans, each of whom it would have been her great delight to thank personally, had time allowed. 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, Mass. 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 Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. -Tessa, Theo, Ophelia & Lucy Dahl
Published by Boston Globe from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2010.