April 19, 1950 ~ October 22, 2004
Barbara Dee was born on April 19, 1950, at Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado, the first child of Dick and Betty Jones. Following pre-school and Kindergarten at a public school, she went on to The Wallace School for special needs children. Though she had some learning problems, Barbara was such a determined girl, progressing at her own speed, eventually returning to the public school program.
She loved animals on her great grandfather's farm and wanted to help feed them. Grandpa Chris had to rescue her one day when she got into the pen of very large hogs.
Barbara was a Girl Scout for 4 years and enjoyed it very much, participating in all the badge work and outings. She was a great fan of the Beatles and saw them in person at Dodger Stadium. She collected just about everything relating to them, books, records, photos and later, CD's.
She was also a great movie fan. Her mother was in tears the other day and Barbara's voice came down from heaven - ''Mom, dry up. I'm at the movies here''.
Barbara had two younger sisters, Sandra and Donna and a brother Ray. The family moved to Torrance in 1962 and Barbara continued her schooling, graduating from South High in 1968. She spent the next year in Omaha with her beloved grandparents where Grandpa Dee taught her to drive and Grandma Elizabeth helped her complete training to be a nurse-aid.
Back in Torrance Barbara began her nurse-aid career, working at a number of nursing homes though the years. Her own apartment was a must and she loved living close enough to walk to the movies, her favorite pastime.
On February 3, 1973, Barbara was married to her childhood sweetheart, Dory Neale 3rd, with sisters Sandra and Donna as her bridesmaids and brother Ray as best man. The couple had four children born to them. The first was a miscarriage but Barbara grieved the baby boy always and named him Michael. They also have 3 living children, David and Matthew born in November 1983 and Sarah Elizabeth Marie born in 1987. They were her greatest joy.
Barbara loved to enter contests and was consistently a winner. Her biggest prize was a trip to Vienna, Austria for herself and husband Dory. She loved going to Omaha to visit family and talked about returning to New York, a city she visited with her own earnings. Her determination overcame the problems she faced in her life and her concerns were for the difficulties her friends and family might have.
Barbara passed away on October 22, 2004, leaving her husband of 31 years, 3 children, her parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother and her husbands' family as well as many friends. She really didn't like funerals so we ask you to celebrate her life with us.