Flora Goldene Neal
Flora Goldene Neal, known as Goldene to her friends, passed away June 23, 2011 in Wasilla, Alaska. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Neal was born in Payson, and married Harry (Tim) Curtis Neal in 1940.
After moving many, many times to a variety of places around the country, they headed to Alaska to homestead in Wasilla where they raised three daughters: Florene Joy, Shirley Lee and Nancy Ann.
After trading Goldene’s new Ford Fairlane for a bulldozer to clear land, Tim pushed a driveway in to where they would build a log cabin and raise their family. The driveway they dozed is now called Vine Road and the log cabin still stands on their homestead land.
Mrs. Neal and her daughters were on their own as her husband did iron work around the state. They grew a large garden, raised chickens and did lots of canning in the summer months to stock up for the long winters.
Mrs. Neal was active in the American Legion and traveled, though her favorite things were being home, reading and gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her three daughters and their families, Florene and Doug Carney and their children Michele (Carney) Overstreet, Lisa (Carney) Humphreys and Chris Carney; Shirley and Fred Nunley and their children Joy Lynn Nunley McCavit, Tim Robert and David Nunley; Nancy Cherry and her children Karissa Zimin, Ryan Cherry and Daisy (Cherry) Ray.
She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Elliana Overstreet, Katie and Max McCavit, Rye and Reed Humphreys; Braden, Bradley and Janae Nunley; Sean, Devin and Raeley Carney; and her great-great-grandchildren, Angel Dwyer, Kylie Bailey, Ocean Zimin, Keegan Dube, Jacobi Cherry, Grayson and Aurora Ray.
A memorial service in honor of Mrs. Neal will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 2 at the Wasilla, Alaska American Legion Post 35, with a potluck to follow the services.
Donations may be made to Mat Su Regional Hospice, 950 E. Bogard Rd., Ste 132, Wasilla, AK 99654.
The family was cared for by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory, Wasilla, Alaska.