Joy Vereen (Williams) Neal, daughter of Will and Phyllis Williams, was born on April 18, 1923 in Tipton, Oklahoma. She passed on August 29, 2019 at her home. Joy is preceded in death by her loving husband, James Neal; son, Donny Neal; and her 12 siblings. She is survived and will be missed by daughters: Claudette (Harold) Valentine of Omaha, NE, Patty Griffin of Omaha, NE, Phyllis (Roy) Evans of Maricopa, AZ, Susan Neal of Maricopa, AZ; sons: James (Connie) Neal of Tempe, AZ, and Stephan (Roberta) Neal of Omaha, NE; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; her favorite nieces: Gertrude Jack and Dorothy Partee; life-long friends: Rhodie Value and family, and Pearline Frazier and family; many other relatives and friends.
HOMEGOING CELEBRATION 9:30 A.M. Saturday September 14, 2019 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. The visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Burial immediately following services at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
"Mrs. Neal was perfectly named because she was and probably still is - a JOY indeed. She was next door and seemed to be able to read my mind. She was always friendly and smiling and seemed to know I couldn't cook! She always found food to share, a pleasant voice, and so comforting! I have missed her an her family so much during their Arizona residence. Smiles, pleasant voice, and friendliness must have been DNA, because all of you children I met were the same way. I know she will be missed. The love at that house next door on 34th Street was so evident. Stephan inherited a bit of her personality. May all of you be blessed, receive strength from our Father to walk you through this time. May God continue to bless you one and all. I KNOW He will.
Sincerely and with Love,
Your ex-next door neighbor and friend
Margarette Ponds Banks in Omaha