Elsie Mae McNeley, 97, Nevada, MO passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at her home in Nevada where she resided with her grandson Myles. Elsie was born May 15, 1922 in Long Lane, MO to Milton Warren and Goldie Anne (Richardson) Davison. She was united in marriage to Charles Arthur “Buzz” McNeley on June 13, 1948 in Long Lane and he preceded her in death on March 4, 1996.
Elsie grew up on a farm in Long Lane and graduated from Buffalo High School Class of 1939. Following high school, she attended Southwest Baptist University and received a teaching certificate in 1941. She then attended Oklahoma Baptist University. After college she taught at the Flag Pond School (a one room schoolhouse near Long Lane), in Conway, MO, and in Boonville, MO where she met her future husband. Following her marriage to Buzz, they resided in Everett, WA for 18 years before coming to Nevada in 1966. In Nevada, Elsie was primarily a homemaker, and in later years taught at the State School, and volunteered at the Moss House for several years. Elsie was a member of the First Baptist Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School. She especially loved being with her family and was an avid fan of her children and grandchildren’s many sport activities.
Survivors include two sons, David McNeley (Kim), Kansas City, MO, and John McNeley (Jodie), Nevada; six grandchildren, Grant McNeley (fiancé Chelsey), Houston, TX, Carlin McNeley, Kansas City, MO, Morgan Sanderson (Cole), Nevada, Myles McNeley, Nevada, Logan McNeley, Nevada, and Lane McNeley, Nevada; three sisters, Ina Marshall, Phoenix, AZ, Marjorie Hardtke, Rolla, MO, Darlene Short, Overland Park, KS; two brothers Marvin Davison (Betty), Nevada, Norman Davison (Benita), Fayetteville, AR; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Davison; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Quintella Douglas, and Willa Dean Bates, and one brother, Donald Davison.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Nevada with Pastor Kevin Daugherty officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Friday evening, March 6, at the church. Interment will be held at the National Cemetery in Fort Scott on Monday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m.
Memorials are suggested in her memory to the Nevada R-5 Foundation Scholarship Fund c/o Ferry Funeral Home.
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