Margaret Ann Neal, 78 of Brazil, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital following an extended illness.
Margaret was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Lafayette, Ind., the daughter of L.E. Singer and Flora Potter Singer. She graduated from Galveston High School in 1943. Summers, during World War II, she worked in munitions plants assembling B-17 Flying Fortress bombers.
Margaret earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1948 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She began her teaching career in Columbia City then returned the next year to teach English and Physical Education at Bloomington High School. There she met and married law student Robert W. Neal. Upon Robert's graduation, the couple moved to Hammond, Ind., where Margaret taught at Hammond High School for two years. The couple returned to Brazil in 1953 where Robert opened a law office and Margaret taught at Staunton High School. She retired from teaching to become the devoted wife and mother of three children.
Her interests lay in community and civic affairs. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Reading Club and The Columbia Club of Indianapolis as well as being a member and former president of Tri Kappa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert W. Neal in November of 2000.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Ellen and Richard Packard of Brazil; son and daughter-in-law Robert W. and Sally Neal of Zionsville; and daughter Jennifer Neal of Indianapolis. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Rachael and Alexander Packard and Kathleen and Robert Charles Neal; brother and sister-in-law Frank E. and Marilyn Singer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Rosie Neal; two sisters-in-law Lois Jones and Eleanor Neal and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Clay City.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Group, 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.