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Postby TAL1957 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:15 pm

So Very, Very Sorry for your loss Bob. May you find comfort in the many years and great times you shared with your life's partner.
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Postby waltwhite » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:29 pm

So sorry for your loss Mr Neal. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:00 am

Here is the obituary ..

Marilyn Nora Neal (1943-2017)

NEW SHARON -- Marilyn B. Neal, 74, of New Sharon died on Saturday, June 3, at home. Her husband and sons were with her.

Marilyn was born on April 9, 1943, in Wichita, Kas. She was adopted by Mary and Art Bower of Fairview, Okla., who reared and nurtured her. Marilyn graduated in 1961 from Fairview High School and in 1969 from the University of Missouri - Kansas Citywith a degree in theater. She also attended William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., Oklahoma City University and the University of Tulsa. When she embarked on a semester at the University of the Seven Seas, she found her life's mate, Bob Neal, whose sister had been her best friend at William Woods.

She and Bob married on July 3, 1965. They had two sons, Robbie and Chris. Through 15 nomadic years, Marilyn and the family lived in Kansas City, Montreal, Allentown, Pa., and Oxford and Warren, Ohio. When Bob discovered he had a farming gene, they settled in 1980 in New Sharon. In 1986, Marilyn and Bob shifted the farm's emphasis to Turkeys, and they built it into Maine's largest Turkey farm. They retired in 2015. While they built up the farm, Marilyn was the family's major breadwinner for 13 years, looking after records and staffing at a home-health agency. She also worked at Hathaway Shirt and at Keyes Fibre, both in Waterville. The farm was strong enough by 2005 that she could "retire." But there was still a house to run, and she also became the farm's maker of Turkey pies. Rising sales proved that no one made Turkey pies better than Marilyn. She also helped vaccinate Turkeys, serve customers and help at farmers markets and fairs.

Just before she retired from home health, Marilyn found her birth family and spent a week getting to know four half-sisters in the Pacific Northwest. Marilyn was diagnosed in 2007 with advanced ovarian cancer. With surgery, chemo and prayer she fought for nearly a decade. In April, she chose to end treatment and accept that it was time to go.

At the New Sharon Congregational Church, Marilyn was a deacon and then a trustee and was its musician. She served nearly 15 years on the New Sharon Library Board and was deputy town clerk/collector until the cancer made work too difficult.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Neal, and by sons Robert B. Neal of New Sharon and Christopher A. Neal of Portland and daughter in-law Rachel Cormier of Portland. She also leaves a brother, Bruce (Linda) Bower, of Bethany, Okla.; half-sisters Mikell Adair of East Wenatchee, Wash.; Troy May of Broadbent, Ore.; Lesley Porter of Redmond, Wash.; and Jamie Gunn of Beaverton, Ore.; a dear cousin Noel Frederici of Oklahoma City; sisters- and brothers-in-law Elizabeth and Don Neitz of West Melbourne, Fla., and Carol Hannah and Bill Piper of Rice Lake, Wis., two nieces and four nephews.

Marilyn and her family thank Dr. Christopher Darus and Nurse Practitioner Hans Bowder at Maine Medical and the nurses and CNAs at the I.V. therapy center, all in Scarborough, who helped Marilyn through nearly 10 years of cancer, and the nurses at Androscoggin Hospice who helped care for her during her final two weeks.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at the Congregational vestry on the Cape Cod Hill Road in New Sharon. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Marcia Charles at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the New Sharon Congregational Church. A reception will be held at the Vestry after the memorial service. Anyone who wishes may donate in Marilyn's name to the New Sharon Congregational Church UCC. Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmongton. Condolences may be sent for the family at http://www.adamsmcfarlane.com
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Re: We offer our sincere condolences to Bob Neal ( turkeyman

Postby mainejeff » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:50 pm

What a woman and what a life! Thanks Bob for letting us get to know Marilyn & thanks Tom for posting this.
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Postby turkeyman » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:46 am

Thank you, Tom, and thank you, posters, for your prayers and thoughts for Marilyn and her family. She never understood what about the mbr.org board drew my attention, though together we shared the love for UMaine wbb. It was like having 14 granddaughters. Marilyn loved to attend games, anywhere, and then talk about them until we got home. Then it was on to other things.

I wish I could tell her now that there is a community on this board, sometimes acerbic and sometimes also welcoming. I wish I could tell her about the response on this board to the news of her death. And, just for the record, No, I did not click 600 times on this thread.

Almost all of her family was here, and we were astounded and comforted by the mbr.org response. MJ got it exactly right. I closed my presentation at Marilyn's memorial by saying: "As they say in Marilyn's native tongue of Sooner, or Oklahoman: 'Boy, Howdy! What a woman!'"

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Re: We offer our sincere condolences to Bob Neal ( turkeyman

Postby Pirates79 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:46 am

My condolences to you and your family Mr. Neal. Mrs. Neal must of been a real peach. I am sure you are a lucky man to have known her for so long. My best to you in the future and I look forward to enjoying more of your posts on basketball.
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