ORAN - Jean Neal, 67, died May 24, 2003, at her home.
Born July 11, 1935, in Oran, daughter of Merl Ponder Carter of Oran and the late Buford "Windy" Carter, she retired as the city collector for Oran and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oran, where she served as a Sunday school superintendent and secretary. In 1962, she joined Morley Chapter 342 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served six terms as worthy matron. In 1978, Neal was deputy grand matron of the 50th District Order of the Eastern Star. She served Bethel 51 International Order of Job's Daughters as guardian secretary from 1984-1993, was custodian of paraphernalia in 1981-1982 and guardian treasurer from 1982-1984. Also a member of the Altrusa Club in Sikeston, she was a charter member of the Jolly 12 Birthday Club. She was named Oran's Lady of the Year in 1982 and was given honorary membership to the Oran Chamber of Commerce in 2000. Neal was named the first Granny of the Year at the 2002 Morley Fall Festival. A member of the Oran Garden Club and past president of the Oran PTA, she was serving as an alderman on the Oran City Board and was a member of the SEMO Shrine Club Cook Team.
On March 9, 1955, she married Paul E. Neal who survives of the home.
Survivors in addition to her husband and mother include: two daughters and one son-in-law, Paula and John Dohogne and Helen Gifford of Oran; one brother and sister-in-law, James M. and Sumi Carter of Temecula, Calif.; one sister, Carolyn Lyles of North Richland Hills, Texas; a sister-in-law, Ann Damron of Kevil, Ky.; and four grandchildren, Merandia Gifford, Dawlton Gifford, Sam Dohogne and Kameron Dohogne of Oran.
Two brothers, Alvin Carter and A.E. Damron, also preceded her in death.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Oran with the Rev. Ed Carter and the Rev. Johnny Smith, officiating.
Burial followed in the Friend Cemetery at Oran.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Oran was in charge of arrangements.