Lola Mae Neely, 89 years old, of Altamont, formerly of Decatur, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at St. Johns Hospital, Springfield, Illinois, due to a fall at her home. Lola left this life surrounded by a loving family and friends.
Lola’s visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont beginning at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Funeral services were held after the visitation with Sister Maira Barry of St. John’s Hospital officiating the service.
A burial was held at the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery later in the afternoon at about 1 p.m. in Godfrey, near her husband, parents, and great-grandparents. Kull Funeral Home in Altamont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lola was born in Alton, one of two siblings in the family of Wilber and Beulah Johnson-Thompson on March 11, 1929. She was married to Harold Joseph Neely on Feb. 9, 1954. Harold preceded her in death on May 17, 1998.
Lola and Harold moved from Decatur to Altamont in 1976 and opened the Fireplace Center. Lola worked alongside of her husband, being the clerk of the business. After Harold’s death she returned to Decatur for a number of years and returned to Altamont to closer to her family. In her later years she assisted her daughter in Deb’s Catering business.
Lola was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Lola’s family was always a part of the most important part of her life. Her family was one of her most precious possessions.
She is survived by her son Charles “Bob” (wife, Suellen) Taylor and their three children Angie (husband, Jamie) Davis, and Janice and Jamie Taylor, all of Decatur; three daughters Debbie (husband, Alvin) Schultz of Altamont, and their 3 children: Steve (wife, Holly), Kevin (wife, Carrie), and Tiffany (husband, Luke) Wasson; Brenda (husband, Tom) Wilson of Decatur and their children Corey (wife, Kelly) Wilson, Jennifer Tolle, and Tammy and Angie Wilson; and Julie (husband, Bob) Sellers of Statesboro, Ga. and her four children Adara Jenne, Amber (husband, Derek) Hankins, Ashley (husband, Ryan) Tieffel, and Amanda (husband, Derek) Mason.
They say when you die if you have two friends that truly love you, you die wealthy. Our mother was wealthy because she had those two very special friends: Noreen Suggs and Sandy Donsbach.
Lola leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Izola Lee Shepard of Bethalto, and infant daughter Janice Neely.
Memorials may be made to CEFS for the Meals on Wheels program.