Sad news of Lois Evelyn (Miskel) Neely passing in her Weatherford, Okla., home. She was called to Heaven on the 11th day of April, at the age of 85 summers.
Born as a blessing to Vaughn & Thelma (Davis) Miskel in their home in Stafford, Okla., on the 1st day of June, 1935, just 6 weeks after the historic Black Sunday Dust Bowl.
Being the first born she helped her mother pick cotton in the fields and served double duty as she also chased after her toddler brother, Bud Miskel, & assisted with baby brother, Harold Miskel.
During her life she was a lady of great activity.
A graduate from Clinton High School in 1953 as a member of good standing in the Glee Club, The Honor Society, and held the position as Secretary of Trade and Industries Class.
After graduation she attended Draughn Business School in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., with studies in business and computer technology.
Lois married her long-time sweetheart, Richard Glenn Neely in 1955. To this marriage 5 children were born. After God called home each son to keep & protect until their heavenly reunion, Lois came to accept that God’s intentions were for her to have daughters.
In 1969, Lois, Richard & their girls, relocated from Clinton, Okla., to Weatherford Okla., where Lois went to work at the City Hall. She was a dedicated employee for the City of Weatherford for 37 years, 10 months, 6 days, retiring in 2007.
Her hobbies and activities included attending church services, writing, roller skating, playing tennis, snow skiing, flying airplanes, fishing, gardening, watching pro rodeos, & Nascar races. Other activities she enjoyed were those her children and grandchildren participated in.
Clubs and positions she held are President of Weatherford Lioness Club, Co-Founder of the Frank Wohl Fishing tournaments, President of Custer County Master Gardeners (2015), volunteering on the Board of Directors for the Heartland Museum. Lois was also a member of the National Secretary Organization, the NRA, fishing clubs, and a member of First Baptist Church in Weatherford, Okla.
Lois enjoyed traveling and made mention her favorite vacation was that of one to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
Lois Neely was a good citizen, kind to others, respected by many. She carried with her a special place in her heart for our local Fire & Police Depts, especially those that also served our country being deployed over-seas. She was known for writing to them each week bringing them good cheer and caring words during a tough time in their lives.
The last 2 years of her life she suffered from a lung disease and had been in delicate health. God in his great wisdom saw fit to call this jewel back to his own on Holy Saturday. She has gone to her rest & reward. Faithful loved ones preceded her to the other shore over the years were certain to be there to greet her: her parents, Vaughn & Thelma Miskel, husband, Richard Glenn Neely, grandson, Richard Andrew Neely, brother, Bud Miskel, 3 babies, Anthony Scott, Mike, & Danny, and a special mate, Charles Leroy Owen.
Before becoming too low she shared with a chaplain her favorite bible verses, John 3:16 & 18, and her favorite church hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
Leaving behind to mourn her loss is her family of 2 daughters, Kim & Tracy, 3 grandchildren Preston, Paige, Elizabeth, one brother, Harold, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, & a large circle of friends.
In lieu of flowers Lois requested that donations of new teddy bears be given to the Weatherford Police Dept for children they encounter while on duty, children in need of comfort. That address is 201 SW Main St, Weatherford, OK 73096. Thank you for showing your love & compassion for Lois in this way.
As Lois would say, “Have a blessed day.”
Due to the Covid 19 precautions in place Lois’ family hopes to invite the public to join them for a remembrance service in June.