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The Marin Journal
Thursday, January 24, 1942
Section A, page 1
Death Ends Long and Eventful Life of Mrs. Eliza Ann Neale
Death ended the long and eventful life of Mrs. Eliza Ann Neale last Tuesday. She was one of the oldest women in Marin county having reached the remarkable age of 95, thirty-four of which were spent in Sheffield, England, where she was born in 1846. The rest of her life was spent in Marin county, where she was a leader is special and civic work among women for many years.
Death came quietly to Mrs. Neale, at her home. Within a short time of her passing she was active about her home, and had ridden and walked about town attending to details of her property interest here and at Bolinas.
Funeral service will be held Friday forenoon at 11 o’clock, from the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, of which she was a devout member.
Officiating will be the pastor, Rev. Fredrick Avery. He will be assisted by Rev. Earnest “Dean” Bradley, who for many years held the pastorate at St. Paul’s, and who comes from Bolinas to be at the funeral of one of the oldest members of the church. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Keaton Mortuary. Interment will be at Mt. Tamalpais cemetery.
Formed Impt. Club
Mrs. Neale was one of the founders of the San Rafael Improvement Club; became its first president and held that position for fourteen years. Recently she became an honorary member of the club by a vote of the membership.
She came to American in 1880 with her late husband, Attorney Vincent Neale, and both were active in the affairs of the county for many years. They acquired considerable residential property in Marin county, and it was always a pleasure and delight for Mrs. Neale, the artist, to design plans for homes they built.
Evidence of her artistic ability was also noted in the display of ceramics, for which she had received awards at World’s fairs. Some of her best pieces were on display at the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco two years ago.
Mrs. Neale leaves a brother, John Parkin, of San Rafael, and a sister, Mrs. S. O. Addy of London, England. She has several nieces and nephews. They are John, Jr., Richard and Thomas Parkin, and Kathleen Parkin of San Rafael, and Mrs. J. C. Meece of Portland, Oregon. Two nephews reside in England.
Two of Mrs. Neale’s sisters, Mrs. Harry Francis, and Mrs. Morton Fisher, passed away in this state some years ago. Mrs. Fisher at one time owned all of what is now known as the Del Mesa tract in Kentfield and Ross.
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