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Obituary: Nealey, Shirley Ann (Boutwell)

Shirley Ann (Boutwell)
(Age 80)

Passed away recently at Sun Terrace, Prosser. Ann was born in Pullman, Washington, the daughter of Daniel and Lois (Felton Hall) Boutwell. She was reared mostly in Spokane, graduating from North Central High School in 1950. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Nealey, and they had three children by the time Chuck graduated from WSU in 1955. They moved to Southern California for Chuck’s career in the aerospace industry. Ann and Chuck made do or did without, making anything they possibly could on their own-such as their own backpacking equipment which they used in memorable family vacations. In 1972, they moved back to the Northwest. Ann helped Chuck with a cement pumping business; then they owned a sheep ranch near Kettle Falls for a few years. Eventually, they purchased a hay farm near the Tri-Cities, and Ann became “irrigator-in-chief” while Chuck supported them back in engineering at Hanford.

Ann was gifted in being a friend and neighbor, cooking, gardening, sewing and supporting her husband and children in their various endeavors. She was a loving wife and mother-indeed, she mothered her kids, grandkids, and her many farm animals and cats. She is survived by her husband, Chuck Nealey, of Benton City; daughter Margie (“Val”) Beard and husband Tim of Toppenish; son Mike Nealey and wife Mary of Kennewick; and son Dan Nealey and wife Jaime of Benton City. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Loretta Kister, of Spokane and one brother, Daniel Boutwell III, of Newport News, Virginia, and many nieces and nephews. In addition, she also is grieved for by her loving friend of fifty years, Micki Sparling, of Florida. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Verna Longwell, and one brother who died in childhood, Robert Hall.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and residents of Sun Terrace in Prosser for their loving care of Ann. She found an extended family there. Lower Valley Hospice has been a great help and encouragement also. In underlined verses from Mom’s Bible, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also….I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14. We will have memorial service at a later date. Condolences can be sent to the family via Calvary Bible Church, P. O. Box 267, Toppenish, Washington 98948 (