Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

McNeely


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, June 6, 2005
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REBA  M.  MCNEELY
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          Reba Mae McNeely,  83, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Ashford Place Health Campus.
          Born May 20, 1921, in Morristown, she was the daughter of  Loren "Bill" and  Hester E. "Lizzie" (Nigh) Kuhn.  She married  Russell E. "Mac" McNeely  on Aug. 13, 1942, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 2004.
          Survivors include two daughters,  Lola M. Wolfe  and  Brenda L. (husband John) Coers,  both of Shelbyville; four grandchildren,  James Allen Wolfe  and  J. Aaron Coers,  both of Shelbyville,  Ryan Allen Wolfe (wife Maxine)  of Greenwood and  Amy Catherine Coers  of Connecticut; and one great-granddaughter,  Danielle Lynn Wolfe  of Shelbyville.
          She was a homemaker.
          Mrs. McNeely graduated in 1940 from Shelbyville High School.
          She was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and former member of Friendly Homemakers Extension Homemaker Club.
          Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.
          Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 3718 E. Blue Ridge Road, with the Revs. Robb Barlow and Bryan Trotter officiating.
          Burial will be in Hanover Cemetery, in Shelby County.
          Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Building Fund.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
December 23, 1989
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FAIRY  MARIE  MCNEELY
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          Fairy Marie McNeely,  80, Shelbyville, died at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove.  Born in Greensburg on June 5, 1909, she was the daughter of  Edward and  Sarah (Denny) Manning.  She married  Cecil H. McNeely  in 1928 and he died in 1985.
          Mrs. McNeely owned and operated McNeely Greenhouse in Hope from 1943-1974.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
          Survivors include on e daughter,  Myrtle L. Robertson,  Shelbyville, and two sons,  Robert E. McNeely,  Atlanta, Ga., and  Harold E. McNeely,  Fountaintown.  She is also survived by three sisters:  Leona Quick  and  Dorothy Manning,  both of Shelbyville, and  Louise Right,  Maxwell; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one son.
          Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Hope with the Rev. Robin Perkins officiating.  Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery in Shelby County.
          Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon until time of services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hand Program at the Shelbyville First Baptist Church.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, June 10, 1988
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RUSSELL  E.  MCNEELY
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          Russell E. "Mac" McNeely,  83, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital, in Beech Grove.
          Born Dec. 27, 1920, in Greensburg, he was the son of  Morgan E. and  Goldie Jane (Melick) McNeely.  He married  Reba Mae Kuhn  on Aug. 13, 1942, and she survives.
          Other survivors include two daughters,  Lola M. Wolfe  and  Brenda L. Coers,  both of Shelbyville; one sister,  Margaret Ross Taylor  of Shelbyville; four grandchildren,  James Allen Wolfe  and  J. Aaron Coers,  both of Shelbyville,  Ryan Allen Wolfe (wife Maxine)  of Greenwood and  Amy Catherine Coers  of Connecticut; and one great-granddaughter,  Danielle Lynn Wolfe  of Shelbyville.
          Mr. McNeely was a lifelong Shelbyville resident.
          He had been a carpenter and supervisor for Local Carpenters' Union of Indianapolis, building highway bridges in Indiana and Ohio, retiring in 1988 after more than 50 years of services.  He was a courier for National City Bank for several years, retiring in 1997.  Mr. McNeely was employed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indy 500 race from 1963 to 1999.  He currently shuttled cars for Hubler-Classic, Sandman Brothers and Heritage Automotive Group.
          Mr. McNeely was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
          He was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and American Legion Post No. 70.
          Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home.
          Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, with Robb Barlow officiating.
          Burial will be in Hanover Cemetery, in Shelby County.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Indianapolis  Star
February 10, 1999
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          Paul H. McNeely, 84, Indianapolis, died Feb. 8.  He had been a bartender at Stouffers Restaurant and a self-employed sign painter.  He was a member of the Sertoma Club . Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or any hospice. Services: 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary, with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Burial: Anderson (Ind.) Memorial Park Cemetery.  He was the widower of  Gladys Daves McNeely.  Survivors: children  Paul R.,  Daniel J.,  Jerrilyn McNeely,  Elizabeth "Libby" Warren McNeely; sister  Esther Means;  nine grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren.
Contributed by John Ballard
Note:  Some of Paul's children are living in Shelbyville.-JB

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, June 10, 1988
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GOLDIE  J.  MCNEELY
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          Former Waldron resident  Goldie J. McNeely,  91, Heritage House Convalescent Center, died this morning at W.S. Major Hospital.
          Born in Switzerland County, on Feb. 10, 1897, she was the daughter of  Clarence W. and  Alice D. (Heath) Melick.  On Nov. 27, 1919, she married  Morgan E. McNeely,  who died on Sept. 20, 1958.
          A lifetime Waldron area resident, she had worked for the Oddfellows in Greensburg and Reece Canning Co., Waldron.  She was a member of the Waldron Baptist Church and Charity Rebekah Lodge, Waldron.
          Survivors are a son,  Russell E. McNeely, Shelbyville; a daughter,  Mrs. Edward (Margaret) Ross,  Shelbyville; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
          Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
          Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul, with the Rev. Dwight Stinnett officiating.  Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until services on Sunday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News 
Friday January 11, 1980
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Mrs. Elizabeth L. McNeely, 67, 202 Dagley Court, died Friday, January 11, 1980, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Telephone operator for Indiana Bell Telephone Co. here for 28 years before retiring in 1974.  Belonged to the Indiana Bell Hoosier State Chapter of Pioneers. 
Lifelong resident of Shelby County.
Belonged to the West Street Methodist Church.
Born April 18, 1912 in Shelbyville, d/o  James A. and  Louisa M. (King) Metz.
Surviving:  daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Libby) Warren, Indianapolis, eight brothers and sisters, Morris Metz, R.R.1, Shelbyville, Mrs. Yance (Hazel) Britton and Mrs. Kenneth (Caroline) Brokering, both of Sarasota, Florida, James A. Metz, Jr., Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Mrs. Alvin (Mildred) Strange, Indianapolis, Harold Metz, Williamsburg, New Mexico, Robert Metz, R.R.3, Shelbyville and Paul Metz, Tucson, Arizona; and one grandchild. A brother preceded in death.
West Street Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Wood officiating. 
Burial:  Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for  Kathy Pollard
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, September 22, 1958
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          Morgan E. McNeely,  76, Waldonr, died at Major Hospital at 2:35 a.m. today.  Death was due to a heart condition and complications.  He had been in failing health for the past two and one-half months and seriously ill for one week.
          Mr. McNeely had lived most of his life in Shelby county and was a bridge contractor in the county for many years.  He was the son of  George and  Harriet (Avery) McNeely  and was born in Shelby county June 10, 1882.  On November 27, 1919, he married  Goldie J. Melick  who survives.
          Other survivors include a son,  Russell E. McNeely  of Shelbyville; a daughter,  Mrs. Edward Ross  of near Waldron; four grandhchildren,  Lora Mae and  Brenda Lou McNeely  and  Wilma Jean and  Jimmie Ross;  three sisters,  Mrs. Myrtie Haymond,  Waldron,  Mrs. Lucille Davis,  Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Mabel Aldrige  of Florida, and two brothers,  Cecil and  Roscoe McNeely  of Indianapolis.
          Mr. McNeely was a member of the Waldron Baptist Church, the Waldron Odd Fellows Lodge and the Waldron Rebekah Lodge.
          Funerl services will be held at the Waldron Church Monday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. James R. Hunter officiating.  Burial will be in Van Pelt cemetery.  Friends may call at the late home after 7:00 p.m. today.  The Carmony Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, November 10, 1951
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ILLNESS  FATAL  TO  LOCAL  MAN
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Rites Monday For Herbert J. McNeely
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         Herbert J. McNeely, 47, an employee of the Barker Gravel Co., died at 9:10 p.m. Friday at the Major Hospital, after an illness of three weeks.  His home was at 26 Mildred St.
          Mr. McNeely was the son of  John R.  and  Mary (Stickford) McNeely  and was born in Shelbyville on June 4, 1904.  He was married to  Frances Hamilton  who survives with the mother, Mrs. Mary McNeely, of this city.
          Also surviving are two daughters by a former marriage, Mrs. Rebecca Reddick  of Greenfield and  Mrs. Elizabeth Aldrich  of Connersville; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Robert McNeely  of Connersville;  Bernard  of South Junction, Ore., and  Paul  of Indianapolis; one sister, Mrs. Esther Means, of Indianapolis; and a half brother and half sister, Wilmer McNeely of this city and  Mrs. Roy Clayton  of Toledo, O.
          He was a member of the Lions Club, Moose Lodge and West St. Methodist Church.
          Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the West St. Methodist Church with Rev. R. A. Shumaker officiating.  Burial will be in VanPelt cemetery.  Friendsmay call at the Murphy Mortuary after 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, December 1, 1942
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JOHN  R. M'NEELY
DIES  AT  HOME
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          John R. McNeely, widely known lifelong resident of Shelby county, died at his home at 28 Mildred street Sunday at 11:45 p.m. Mr. McNeely was eighty-nine years, three months and 11 days old and his death followed an illness of four years, was due to a complication of diseases.  He was born in Liberty township August 16, 1853, the son of  Burl  and  Delilah (Treece) McNeely.  He had followed the trade of a brick mason all his life and had lived in Shelbyville since 1896.  He was married on December 4, 1881 to  Mary E. Carlisle, who preceded him in death on February 17, 1895.  Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Nellie Clayton, of Toledo, Ohio, and  Wilmer McNeely, of this city.  He was later married on March 22, 1896, to  Mary C. Stickford, who survives with five of six children born to the couple.  They are:  Herbert J.  and  Paul H. McNeely, of this city;  Robert F. of Connersville;  Mrs. Esther E. Means, of Indianapolis. and  Bernard M. McNeely, of the Dalles, Oregon.  Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Burilla Aurine, of Indianapolis, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the late home Wednes- day at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. A.J. Spaulding officiating.  Burial will be made in the Ogden cemetery in charge of Loren H. Murphy.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday December 13, 1932
Page 1 column 4
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GEORGE  MCNEELY  CALLED  BY  DEATH
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Resident of Waldron Succumbs At Home
of Daughter, Mrs. Earl Haymond
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HOLD  FUNERAL  THURSDAY
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          George W. McNeely, age 73 years, died after an extended illness, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Haymond, of Waldron, at 2:30 o’clock this morning.
          Mr. McNeely was born in Noble township on October 21, 1859, the son of  Burwell and Delilah McNeely.  He was married to  Harriet Avery  on May 8, 1881, and of the three children born to the couple, two, Morgan E. McNeely  and  Mrs. Haymond, both of Waldron, survive.  A son  Forest, and the wife have preceded in death.  In March 1899, Mr. McNeely was married to  Alta Maze, whose death occurred on May 4, 1913.
          Six children survive from the latter marriage.  They are  Noral E., of Detroit;  Roscoe, of Waldron;  Mrs. Loren Davis  and  Maurice McNeely, of this city;  Cecil  of Greensburg, and  Mabel, of Indianapolis.  The deceased also leaves one brother, John, of this city, and a sister, Mrs. A. G. Aurine, of Waldron.
          Funeral services will be held at the Haymond home, where death occurred at 2:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon, with the Rev. E. E. Weaver, pastor of the Waldron Baptist church, officiating.  Burial will be in the VanPelt cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing.  Friends are asked to kindly omit flowers.
Contributed by Barb Huff for John Ballard


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday March 16, 1927
Page 4 column 4
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AGED  WALDRON
WOMAN  IS  DEAD
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Miss Buena McNeely Born In
Shelbyville Eighty Years Ago
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HOLD  FUNERAL  SATURDAY
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          Miss Buena McNeely, 80 years old, life long resident of Shelby county, died at her home in Waldron at 11:15 o’clock this morning from senility.  She had been seriously ill since Christmas.
          Miss McNeely was born in Shelbyville, February 23, 1846, the daughter of  Thomas and Elizabeth McNeely, and moved with her parents while quite young, to Liberty township, where she lived until a few years ago at which time she moved to Waldron.
          She is survived by one brother, William McNeely, of Fairview, Michigan.  Throughout the many years of her life in this county she gained a wide circle of friends who loved and respected her.  She attended the Vienna Methodist church north of Waldron for many years.
          Funeral services will be held at the Vienna M.E. church at two o’clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. Loren Tillison officiating.
Contributed by Barb Huff for John Ballard


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, March 24, 1908
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DEATHS -- FUNERALS
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          Mrs. Elizabeth McNeeley died at her residence in Liberty township on Tuesday morning, March 24, at 5:05 o'clock, of senility, age eighty-three years, four months and twenty-four days.  She was the widow of the late Thomas B. McNeeley.  She was the mother of seven children, five of whom survive.  Worry and grief over the recent death of her son  Thomas  hastened the end.  She was a charter member of the Christian Church of Milroy, organized in 1837, to which church she had faithfully adhered.  Her funeral services will be held at her late home Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m., Rev. Morrow. of St. Paul, officiating. Interment in Vienna cemetery. Stewart & Fix in charge.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Tuesday December 10, 1907
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T. W. McNEELY  DEAD
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Well Known Resident of Liberty
Township Passed Away Monday
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          Thomas W. McNeely, a prominent farmer residing in Liberty township, near the Vienna church, died at 5:40 o’clock Monday evening after an illness since Friday of paralysis.  He had been a sufferer of rheumatism for many years, but the friends and relatives were not expecting the sudden death yesterday.
          Mr. McNeely was fifty-eight years of age and the son of the late  Thomas B. McNeely.  He was never married and was living with his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth McNeely, when he died.
          Besides the mother, four sisters, Irene,  Buena,  Elizabeth  and  Mary, and one brother, William W., survive. 
          Funeral services will be held at the late home at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday morning.  Interment will be made in the Vienna cemetery. Stewart & Fix are in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff for John Ballard


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday September 7, 1905
Page 2 column 5
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LEONIDAS  M. McNEELY  DEAD
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          Leonidas M. McNeely  died at his residence in Adams township, Decatur county, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 30th, of dropsy, aged fifty-eight years, seven months and fourteen days.  Funeral services were held at Vienna church at twelve o’clock Friday.  The cortege left the home at 10:30 and the interment was made in the Vienna cemetery in charge of D. B. Wilson & Son.
          Mr. McNeely was a brother of the well known brick mason, John McNeely, who resides in Maplewood.  Mr. McNeely was reared in Noble township and was the son of the late  Burrel McNeely, who owned the stone quarries on Conns creek, near the fossil beds, about one mile south of Waldron.  He had many acquaintances in the neighborhood of Waldron, who will regret to learn of his demise.
Contributed by Barb Huff for John Ballard


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, April 14, 1899
Volume XXXIX, Number 40
Page 1, column 6
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          Oscar McNeely  died suddenly Friday morning from heart trouble at his home near Bengal.  He had been married but a few days previous to his death to  Mrs. Emily Atwood.
Notes:  The Indiana WPA Death Index, 1882-1920, referencing Book H-21, page 57, records that Oscar McNeely, a 33 year old white male, died 6 Apr 1899 in Shelby County.  Date of birth, About 1866.  Date of death, 6 Apr 1899 - Shelby County, Indiana.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Thursday April 6, 1899
Page 1 column 7
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SUDDEN  DEATH
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Of Oscar McNeely This Morning
at His Home in Hendricks Township
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          Oscar McNeely, who several months ago married the widow of Samuel Atwood, in Hendricks township, where they resides, arose this morning and started to the barn to feed his stock . After taking a step or two in the barn lot he was seen to stagger and fall forward and to the ground.  Members of the family rushed to his side, but too late to render him assistance and death followed.  McNeely was aged about thirty-eight years, and was a son of Thomas McNeely, the huckster, who formerly operated in the northern part of the county.  Heart trouble is given as the cause of death.  The funeral services will occur from the Bengal M.P. church, at one o’clock Friday, April 7, 1899, Rev. Smith officiating.  Interment at Mt. Pleasant cemetery. D. B. Wilson & Son have charge.
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Shelby County, Indiana Marriages
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Samuel M. Atwood &  Emily M. Higgins
February 7, 1867
Book 8   page 594
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Emily Atwood  &  Oscar McNeely
March 12, 1899 
Book 16   page 25
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Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
Friday January 20, 1899
Page 4 column 2
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          Mrs. Ellen McNeeley, wife of the late  William McNeeley, died at the residence of  F. A. Moore, in Waldron, this morning.  Mrs. McNeeley was about sixty-eight years old and la grippe was the cause of her death.  Time of the funeral will be given tomorrow.
[I checked the newspapers in the days following this entry, but I found nothing later. BH] 
[Buried Vienna Cemetery, Rush County]
Contributed by Barb Huff for John Ballard


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday October 16, 1890
Page 3,   column 1
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          Another member of the McNeely family, a young man, died last week.  The death of this member is the fourth which has occurred in the family from typhoid fever within the past two months.
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Vienna Cemetery, Rush County, Indiana
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William H. McNeely died October 6, 1890
Edward McNeely died October 9, 1890
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Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 12, 1890
Page 3,   column 3
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          Two daughters of  William McNeely, of Rush county, died of typhoid fever.  One of the young ladies died on Sunday night and the other on Monday night.  Both bodies were buried on Tuesday at the Vienna grave yard.
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Vienna Cemetery Rush County, Indiana
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Clara McNeely July 24, 1888 – August 17, 1890
Jemima E. McNeely November 1, 1857 – August 18, 1890
Children of Wm. B. & Ellen McNeely
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Contributed by Barb Huff

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