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Lillian Frances (Travelstead) Neeley

Born: Sun., Feb. 3, 1929
Died: Sat., Jan. 2, 2021


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Lillian Neeley, age 91 of  Louisville, Kentucky passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Brownsboro Park Retirement Community in Louisville, KY. Lillian was born on February 03, 1929 in Louisville, KY to the late Ted Travelstead and Hattie Roehr Travelstead. Lillian was a longtime resident of Louisville. Upon finishing high school, she took a job at a hotel in downtown Louisville. It was while working there that she met her future husband, Fred Neeley.  Together they enjoyed a long and happy marriage until his passing in 2011. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Rule, Shirley Williams, and Carole Dennis.

Left to mourn her passing are her loving nieces, nephews, and the staff and residents at Brownsboro Park Retirement Community.

Private services will be held with burial in the Hardy Cemetery in Cumberland County Kentucky. 

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Jim Key
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
All of us out-of-state members of Lil's in-law family have fretted over not being in attendance at Lil's funeral. It simply feels 'not right'. But in this strange time, due to issues of fragility or lacking lodging or safe means of travel, each option considered is hampered in some way.

Lil is like no one we've ever met. She was accepted into the Neeley family like a long lost relative they'd just found. She was fun and without exception upbeat.

Lil said that when she and Fred met in their younger days, they were both working at the Brown hotel in Louisville. A co-worker told her, "That boy who works in the stock room has been watching you."
Lil replied, "That's okay. I've been watching him too."
Lil and Fred were a well-matched and versatile team. Whether they were hosting an elegant business dinner for corporate dignitaries, or laughing and telling stories sitting in cane-bottom chairs on a Kentucky back porch, their attributes complimented one another.
They were always outreaching and helpful, and in different periods after the strain from some unexpected loss, when resources could not meet the needs, they would graciously take in family members for a time. Some of Fred's sisters became lifelong, welded close friends with Lil, and flat out declared they considered Lil a sister.

In her home or yours, Lil seemed to be the gentle, consummate hostess, typically quiet spoken, who would catch you off-guard with an unexpected funny remark.
Fred regularly called her by the pet name Moose, and writing this now, I realize I never asked them the origin of that, and no one in the family seems to know.
Many of us have visited them at their house, but far more often Lil and Fred drove the distance to visit us. Lil adapted immediately to any situation, then set about making do for others. She did everything with a smile and a soft touch, sometimes punctuated with a giggle.
No one in the family ever heard Lil make any sort of negative remark about anyone. A quote I once saw and copied reminded me of Lil. It read, "Always say sweet things, in case some day you have to eat your words."

We are all thoughtfully, deeply sorry she is not here to shine into our world any longer. We desperately need more like her.
But, as my sister said - Fred is probably dancing with Moose right now.
Bless you, Lil, for the gift you brought to us all.

Dena Workman
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Lil was such a kind soul, with a beautiful, sweet smile. I had the pleasure of knowing her through Brownsboro Park, where my daughter Regan volunteers. Regan, myself and a few friends had the pleasure of singing her happy birthday on her last birthday. Lil will be greatly missed.

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