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Frances L. Neal, 91, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, formerly of Mansfield and Lexington, died at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
She was born on April 12, 1920, in Mansfield, the daughter of Edgar and Verna (Collier) Case, and they preceded her in death.
On July 20, 1940, she married Glenn A. Neal, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2007.
She is survived by her two children, Patricia (Roger) McDermott of Vonore, Tenn., and Thomas (Janice) Neal of Pinckney, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey McDermott of Chicago, Melissa (Ray) Roberts of Zionsville, Ind., Heather (Marc) Luley of Loveland, Richard (Maryanne) Neal of Charleston, S.C., Brian (Melissa) Neal of Colorado, Amy Sorrells of Charlotte, N.C., Jaime (Richard) Peters of Howell, Mich., and Christine (Michael) Leahey of Marietta, Ga.; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Barbara Jean Neal and Linda Louise Neal, who both died in infancy; two brothers, John Case and Harry Case.
Frances was a 1938 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. She retired from the Ohio Brass Company in 1985 after 24 years of service as a secretary. She was a former member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Mansfield and attended the Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys. She was an active volunteer at the Kingwood Center in Mansfield, where she was won numerous awards for her floral arrangements.
She was well known in the Mansfield area for her beautiful yard with 150 rose bushes, perennials, annuals and vegetables. She was an active member of the Weeds Beware Garden Club in Mansfield. She had also been a volunteer in the outpatient department of Mansfield General Hospital. She was an active volunteer at Otterbein St. Marys and was a member of the Otterbein Band.
Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Meyer Community Chapel on the campus of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, with the Rev. Steve Weatherly officiating.
Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends may call one hour before services at Otterbein St. Marys, where memorial donations may be directed to the Otterbein St. Marys Benevolence Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.
Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.