Shirley J. Neel, 83, of 124 N. 20th St., Clear Lake, Iowa, died Thursday Nov. 15, 2012 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with Rev. Rhoda Preston officiating. Burial was in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake. Family suggests memorials to Shirley J. Neel Memorial Fund.
Shirley was born Aug. 30, 1929 in Titonka, Iowa, the daughter of Markus and Myrtie (Wilson) Bacon. She graduated from Ventura High School in 1947.
Following high school she started working for Clear Lake Bank and Trust. Shirley met Clyde, the love of her life, at the Surf Ballroom and they were married on Feb. 5. 1954 as they found joy in each other for over 43 years. After raising their children, she continued to work for Clear Lake Bank and Trust until she retired in 1991.
Shirley enjoyed working with the public, listening to Blue Grass Music, going out to lunch with the Golden Girls, puzzles and spending time with her friends and family. After Clyde and Shirley retired they enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona and Texas.
She was a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.
Shirley is survived by her three children, Steve Neel, Hinckley, Minn., David (Lori) Neel, Mason City, and Nancy (Mike) McCoid, Manly, Iowa; six grandchildren, Alaina (Jed) Hollenkamp, Benjamin Neel and special friend, Jenni, Jared Neel and special friend, Priscilla, Danielle (Jeremy) Corcoran, Jessica McCoid and special friend, Landon, and Nicole McCoid; six great-grandchildren, Owen, Gabriel, Kayla, Brianna, Logan and Liam; and a brother-in-law, Merle Isabrand, Ft. Meyers, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde; six brothers and sisters; her daughter, Cathy Neel; and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Neel.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.