Graveside service for Vanda Lee Neeley, 100, of Lawton will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Vanda was born on July 11, 1920 and passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at her home in Lawton.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
Vanda was born and raised in the Cordell, Oklahoma area. Her parents were William Basil Knight and Zoe Ella Idella Deott (Payton) Knight. Vanda was one of eight Knight children with four brothers and three sisters.
On January 11, 1936 she married Stanley Earl Neeley in Sentinel, Oklahoma. They were happily married for 56 years. During those 56 years Vanda was a Church of Christ minister's wife and mother of three; Shirley Lavelle (Neeley) Moss, Stanley Earl Neeley, Jr. and James Richard Neeley. After many years as a wife and mother, Vanda added the titles "grandma" and "great grandma". After becoming a widow on September 7, 1992 her family tree continued to grow, adding "great great grandma" to her many titles.
Vanda was a loving, strong, funny, and compassionate woman who told you the truth even when you didn't want to hear it. Vanda's character can be best described in Proverbs 31:25-31. Being a part of the Lord's Church was a life long relationship for Vanda, and she was very open and passionate about her relationship with Jesus Christ. She read her Bible most days, even when her eyesight was failing her. Just last week she had three different light sources on so that she could read her Bible. Vanda will be greatly missed, but her family takes comfort in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior.
Vanda is preceded in death by her parents; all of her brothers and sisters; her husband, Stanley, of 56 years; her daughter, Shirley Lavelle; her son, James Richard; and her grandson, Steve Moss.
She is survived by her son Stanley Earl Neeley, Jr. and his wife Louanna Neeley of Lawton, OK; her daughter-in-law, Clair Neeley of Oklahoma City, OK; her grandchildren: Brian and Shylo Neeley, Guy L. Neeley, Heather and Mike Skidmore, Justin and Sarah Neeley, all of Lawton, OK, Jason and Candace Neeley of Oklahoma City, OK, Tammy Luke of Tulsa, OK, Scott Moss, and Kimberly Moss, both of Stillwater, OK; 22 great grandchildren; and 9 great great grandchildren.
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