BENTON — Marilyn Neal, 77, left this world for a better one in Heaven on Saturday morning, March 14, 2015, from Stonebridge Senior Living Center in Benton.
Marilyn was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Benton, the daughter of Boman and Eva (Jones) Rhine.
She married James (Jim) Deon Neal on Dec. 24, 1953, and he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2012.
Marilyn is survived by her three sons, Steve Neal and wife, Dawn of Benton, Scott Neal of Benton, Stacy Neal and wife, Nikki, of Benton; eight grandchildren, Ashley Kearney of Virginia, Brittany Neal of Benton, Linsey Toms and husband, Joey, of St. Louis, Alicia Pond and husband, Chris, of Benton, Kyle Neal and fiancée, Ashlee Summers of Benton, Micah Neal of Benton, Jarron Bennett of Benton, and Malaynia Bennett of Benton; five great-grandchildren, Preston and Analia Pond of Benton, Julian and Juno Toms of St. Louis, and Treyton Scott Neal of Benton; one sister, Glenda Drew and husband, Paul of Benton; one brother, Ronald Rhine of Benton; brothers-in-law, Dick Lemons, and Ronnie (Paula) Gossman; sisters-in-law, MaryAnn (Jack) Burton, Brenda (Dennis) Thomas, and JoNeta and Charlie Thornbrew; and special friends, Roger and Bernie Edwards.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, David in infancy; one brother, Donald Rhine; one sister, Lodean Lemons; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe Neal and Daisy (Cull) Neal; and stepmother-in-law, Juanita Neal.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Dr. Sammy Simmons and the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Masonic and Odfellows Cemetery in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance or to the Elks Crippled Children.
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