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Jewel F. Neeld

Friday, February 28, 2014

DUNCAN - Jewel Frances Neeld was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Stephens County, and died Feb. 28, 2014, in Meridian Nursing Home surrounded by family. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday in the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home Chapel with Ron Stough officiating. Interment will be in the Duncan Cemetery. Frances was born in Duncan to Dempsey G. Thomas and Marion Ruth (English) Thomas. She lived in various parts of Stephens County and graduated May 1939 from Bray High School. She then attended the Duncan Business College for one year. She married Ernest Woodrow Neeld in Sept. 1940, and he died Aug. 1996. During WWII while Ernest was in Europe, she worked in Oklahoma City, as a "Rosie, the Riveter", along with two of her sisters. She remembered those years fondly. Earnest and Frances settled in Velma in 1949 and raised three daughters. She attended many summer sessions at Oklahoma College for Women with teachers from Velma. She began her working career in 1959 when her first daughter went to college. She worked for the Stephens County Treasurer's office, County School Superintendent, Montgomery Wards Business office and retired from the City of Duncan as the first female purchasing agent retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Stephens County Audubon Society for 40 years and was a founding member, publishing numerous local and national articles. She was a volunteer with Chisholm Trail Hospice and a 25-year member of the DAR and held numerous offices. She was a member of the East Side Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and a son-in-law, W.J. Keck. Survivors include three daughters: Patsy Neeld Keck of the home in Duncan, Vaughn (Vonnie) Neeld of Canon City, Colo., and Jan Neeld Kimball of El Paso, Texas; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great- great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Thomas and wife. Helen. of Marlow, and Larry Thomas of Oklahoma City; three sisters: JoAn Beam of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; Margaret Brown of Ft. Worth, Texas; and Jackie Sleeker of Duncan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Online condolences may be made at www.bailepolk.com or www.bailespolkfuneralhome.com