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Dorothy Ann Neil

September 21, 1921 July 28, 2018
Dorothy  Ann Neil
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Obituary for Dorothy Ann Neil

Dorothy Ann Neil was known by many names: Mom, Mother, Muzzer and another was “The Lady with the Purple Hair.”

She is survived by her children, David (Pat) Neil, Arlene (the late Mark) Griswold, and Carole (the late Steve) Conner; grandchildren, Mark (Courtney) Neil, Kimberly (Bill) Wooster, Adam (Amelia) Conner, Brian (Jill) Conner; step-grandchildren, Steve (Gwen) Conner, Jeff (the late Kathy) Conner, Vickie (Jeff) Rowe, Drake (Suzanne) Woodruff, Devon (John) Huhn; nieces, Lynne (Marikay) Woodruff, Susan (Rick) DeNio, Jan Neil Elliotte and Pam Neil Holmes; nephews, John Neil and Gary (Lin) Price; former daughter-in-law, Karen (Steve) Urban, as well as many great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was married for sixty four years to Stanley Neil before his death in 2006. They married before he went off to war to become a pilot in the Army Air Corps. They began traveling early in their marriage with a trip to Florida and Texas in 1942 and throughout their marriage they traveled to almost all of the fifty states in the USA plus England, Scotland, Mexico and the Panama Canal. For them, life was an adventure. 

Dorothy was a Girl Scout leader in the ’50’s and ’60’s and went to the Girl Scout Round Up in 1962 in Vermont. After retiring and moving to Florida she had another Girl Scout Troop who camped at Disney World and made all kinds of crafts. Dorothy volunteered with Stan for Meals on Wheels and Hospice of Hernando County, and was also an officer of the Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Dorothy started making dolls when she turned 80 and always a crafter at heart, she was still active at the MediLodge of Milford craft classes at the age of 96. 

Her mission in life seemed to be “Bring Joy and Laughter” to all she met.

Here is a quote from Dorothy written in her last few weeks:

“Every few years, a life must end. In my case it’s 97, so I can’t complain. I dyed my hair PURPLE just for fun (they thought I was crazy) and I looked like a prune all wrinkled (and purple)—sad but true. I look back on my life and I say it wasn’t so bad…so I say farewell and what the heck and also thank you, Lord…my expiration date is up”


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