Lottie Neely 1922 - 2008
Lottie "Granny" LuJuan (Conradt) Neely, 87, of Round Rock, Texas, and formerly of Craig, died Sunday, June 15, 2008, after a brief illness.
Lottie was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Long Cove Community of Lampasas County, Texas, to John and Maggie (Ballew) Conradt. With three sisters and one brother, she was the "baby" of the family. Lottie attended school through the ninth grade at Long Cove School. She then went to Lometa, Texas, where she finished the 11th grade.
On Oct. 31, 1940, Lottie married Eric Murphy Neely in Lometa. Lottie and Eric went on their honeymoon to Sansaba, Texas.
Eric joined the Army 99th Field Artillery, stationed in Leadville, in April 1942. When his father died, Eric was discharged to run the family farm in Lampasas County until 1960. They then moved to Austin, Texas, where they worked for the state school. Eric worked as a maintenance man until retiring in 1982, and Lottie worked in food service.
Lottie later worked as Austin Independent School District cafeteria manager. She went to work in 1975 at the halfway house in Austin. She loved this job and finally retired in 1984.
They moved to Garfield, Texas, in 1984 to a four-acre farm where they could garden.
In 1988, they moved to Craig to be with their granddaughter and daughters and for Eric to be able to fish and enjoy the mountains. They met and enjoyed many friends in Craig and enjoyed gardening.
Lottie enjoyed cooking, crocheting, walking, gardening, and collecting teapots (200-plus) and salt and pepper shakers (70 pairs). She never cared much for the snow in Craig, but her friends and family more than made up for that. Lottie enjoyed many years of baking cinnamon rolls, bread, pecan and coconut pies, and homemade ice cream. The people at the hospital, rest home and clinics as well as friends, family and anyone in "need" enjoyed visits from "Granny," which always were accompanied by something fresh and delicious.
In November 2007, Lottie moved to Round Rock. She enjoyed living in a retirement community. She was able to enjoy the "community" atmosphere and activities with all the residents there but also was able to have her independence and privacy.
She was thrilled to be able to spend time with and enjoy her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren at their weekly Sunday get-togethers.
Lottie (Granny) spent her life in service to God and her fellow man and made a tremendous impact on everyone she touched. All will miss her love, her gifts, her knowledge and her sweet spirit.
Lottie is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Neely) Oatman, of Gatesville, Texas; her son, Lester Eric Neely, of LaGrande, Ore.; six grandchildren, Leslie, Curtis (Rachel), Clinton, Chad, Amy and Blaine; nine great-grandchildren, Krystal (Justin ) Fedinec, Stephanie Brown, and Keli Walls, Nichole (Dan), Tiffany, Christopher, Hunter, Madalyn, Abner, Ryan and Matthew; and four great-great grandchildren, Jayden, Marlee and Karson, and Kailee.
Lottie was preceded in death by her husband, Eric, April 24, 2001, and her parents, sisters and brother.
Memorial services were held Friday, June 20, in Craig at Congregational. Burial was Wednesday, June 18, at Capital Memorial Gardens in Pflugerville, Texas.