Mrs. Dorothy Jane Neal passed away peacefully with her sons at her side on January 23, 2019, at the age of 95, which she considered a nice round number.
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Mrs. Neal is survived by sons Clyde W. Neal, Jr. (and wife Mandy) of Angleton and Mark H. Neal (and wife Maggie) of Abilene, TX, and by her four grandchildren, Angela, Emilie, Hannah and Peter. Mrs. Neal was preceded in death by her husband Clyde W. Neal in 2006 and by their middle son David L. Neal in 1982.
Dorothy Jane was born November 25, 1923, in Milam County, Texas, to Sam and Lillian Harrell (née Lester), where she grew up in rural Jones Prairie and graduated from Yoe High in Cameron before attending The University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a BBA as well as credentials to teach disabled children. After college and before marriage, she served one semester as the first and solo Special Ed teacher in the public schools of Abilene, until (as she put it) allergies brought her back home. Dorothy Jane and her sweetheart from UT married in December of 1948.
Mr. And Mrs. Neal moved to Angleton in 1952 and happily raised three sons.
Soon after joining First Baptist Church, Mr. and Mrs. Neal led what started as a young-adults’ Sunday School class that eventually took the name “Forever Young” because its appreciative members insisted on staying together. As a small-town homemaker in the height of the baby boom, Mrs. Neal and other young mothers organized the Angleton Study Forum, a ladies “study club” of fellowship and service that continues to evolve and thrive to this day. When the Angleton Danbury General Hospital opened nearly 50 years ago, she helped to organize the Hospital Auxiliary, a remarkable team of volunteer workers in which she devotedly served well into her nineties. Over the years she was also welcomed into the Angleton Embroidery Club, as well as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Cradle of Texas Chapter) and Daughters of the American Revolution (Asa Underwood Chapter), in each of which she enthusiastically served in various roles. As the wife of a stalwart member of the Angleton Rotary Club for 51 years, Dorothy considered herself a supportive “Rotary Ann” and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. And she so enjoyed playing and hosting in lovingly competitive bridge club(s) that continued even into this latest new year. Through it all, of course, she was ever and always a proud UT Longhorn.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 2, at First Baptist Church of Angleton, Pastor Bob Lockhart officiating; serving as pallbearers will be her nephew Steven Neal, Cecil Booth, George Phillips, Ralph Shuman, Tim Taylor and Michael Washburn; honorary pallbearers include Robert Loving, Billy Richardson, Bill Garwood, George Easterling and members of the Hospital Auxiliary in their traditional uniform. The family will receive visitors Friday evening, 5 to 7 pm, at Palms Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Angleton-Danbury Hospital Auxiliary and/or the Angleton ISD Education Foundation. Online condolences may be entered at www.palmsfuneralhome.com.