Barbara June Neal, age 84, of Garnett, Kansas, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019, at Richmond Healthcare in Richmond, Kansas.
She was born on August 26, 1934, in Morgan County, Missouri, the daughter of Marvin and Mae (Daniels) Welpman. Barbara attended elementary and high schools in Versailles, Missouri, before attending and graduating from the St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Kansas City.
In 1957, Barbara met and married William Alvin Neal. After the birth of their second child in 1960, Bill and Barbara settled in Garnett, Kansas, where they purchased the William A. Neal Rexall Pharmacy.
Barbara’s career highlights included Director of Nursing for 18 years at Richmond Healthcare and Rehab and later at Parkview Heights as the MDS coordinator.
Bill and Barbara raised their three children, Diana, Bill and Gloria, in the community where Barbara was an active member of the United Methodist Church, and an active member and a past president of Chapter Y PEO. Among her hobbies, Barbara was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, collected antiques for many years, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her close friends.
The family remembers Barbara as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Bill and Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2007.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Bill.
She is survived by her three children, Diana J. Willman and husband Steve, children Scott (Kathryne) and Anne of Prairie Village; William A. Neal II and wife Leigh Anne of Fairway; Gloria L. High and husband Vaughn of Eudora, children, Grant of Eudora, Maggie (Ryan) of Lawrence, and Alex of Kansas City; and two great grandchildren, Grace and Maya.
The family wishes to express sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all those very special individuals involved in Mom’s care. These wonderful individuals allowed her to stay in her current home of 53 years, as long as she could which was her greatest wish.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2019, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett. The family invites all guests to celebrate the life of Barbara Neal with a reception at the Kirk House immediately following the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to PEO Scholarship Fund.
You may send your condolences to the family at our website at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.