Mary Neville

Mary Neville, 88, of Newell departed into eternal rest on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, two days short of her 89th birthday, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 9, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newell. Burial followed in Newell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Newell Public Library or Unity Point Hospice. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Hal Nance, was born on Aug. 7, 1928, to Alfred and Mary Ann (Warren) Nance in Graham, Texas. She graduated from Graham High School in 1945 and attended North Texas State College in Denton, Texas. This is where she met the love of her life, Russell Neville, sharing meals at a boarding house.

Mary and Russ were married on Feb. 1, 1947, in front of the fireplace of her childhood home in Graham, Texas. The happy couple immediately moved to Odebolt, where they lived for three years and then settled in Newell. The community of Newell and the friendships made over the years meant so much to Mary. She was proud to raise her three children: Shannon, Michael and Beth, in Newell.

Mary was a woman of faith and attended United Methodist Church practically her entire life. As a member, she served on several committees, as well as taught Sunday school and Bible School. Mary was active in the Newell community, especially with the Newell Public Library. She was an avid reader and always enjoyed visiting with folks on different books they had read. Mary also enjoyed knitting, needle work and sewing.

Left to celebrate Mary’s life are her children: Michael (Marlene) Neville of Iowa City; Beth (Mark) Long of Waukee; her daughter-in-law: Nadja Neville of Stuart, Fla.; her grandchildren: Amber Neville (Ofer Sivan), Abigail Neville (Brandon Vernese), Casey Neville (Cooper Grecco), Keaton (Scott) Pulver, Kelsey (Devin) James, Lino Dilger; her great-grandchildren: Opal, Archer, Jaya, Kalyssa, Stella, Abbott, Madden and Milo; and Laura Garcia-Salom, a Venezuelan foreign exchange student during the 1974-1975 school years.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Beulah; her brother James; her husband Russ (2000); and her son Shannon (2010).