November 15, 1914 ~ July 27, 2010
Long time resident and a past Senior Citizen of the Year, Cecelia T. Neyland, died July 27, 2010 of natural causes in a nursing facility in Torrance. She was 95. Born Cecelia Catherine Toohey on November 5, 1914 in Erie, PA where she grew up, Cecelia graduated from Academy High School in 1932 and was employed in domestic work until she met her future husband, Richard V. Neyland in 1939. The couple married in 1941 and a year later migrated to Pasadena, CA where they worked at Cannon Electric Corporation throughout most of World War II. In 1945, Richard was employed as an aircraft mechanic for Western Air Lines in Burbank and the couple relocated to El Segundo in 1948 when the airline moved its operations base to LAX. Their only child Rick was born in 1949.
Cecelia worked for the Broadway Store in Westchester from 1954 and managed several departments until her retirement in 1978. The couple enjoyed extensive travel due to the affiliation with the airline industry. Richard passed away in 1994 at age 86.
One of Cecelia's proudest moments was receiving the proclamation as El Segundo's 1990 Citizen of the Year by the then mayor Carl Jacobsen for her numerous hours of volunteer activity in the senior community and at St. Anthony's Church where she had been a parishioner since 1948. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Bernadena, two brothers: John of Jamestown, NY and Edward of Signal Mountain, TN and three sisters: Marian Toohey, Rita Derby and Agnes Roach - all of Erie, PA. She is survived by her loving son, also of El Segundo and numerous nieces and nephews in the Great Lakes region.
Cecelia's viewing took place at the White & Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach on August 2, 2010 followed by her internment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City the following day. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 215 Lomita St. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM. Cecelia will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
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