Mary Neely

Mary Level Neely, 70, passed away peacefully at home in Beckley, WV, on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Born in Ronceverte, WV, on April 9, 1948, she was the daughter of William Hunter Level and Rosemary Jarrett Level.

She spent her youth in Organ Cave, WV, and was a graduate of Ronceverte High School. She obtained a bachelor's degree in education from Concord University and subsequently a master's in education from Marshall University. She married her college sweetheart, Duane Eugene Neely, on August 1, 1970, at the Level family home in Organ Cave.

Mary was a reading specialist and devoted her career to teaching, beginning in Virginia, with most years serving in the West Virginia elementary school system as a teacher and after school tutor in multiple counties across the state until retirement. She also served as president of the Fayette County Schools Reading Council, and a member of the West Virginia Reading Association, as well as the International Reading Association. She volunteered her personal time and resources to tutor children in need of assistance.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine (Katie) Rose Helms.

Survivors include sisters, Pinky Johnson, JoAnna DeLaquil, and Margaret (Margy) Green; brothers, William Patrick Level and David Hunter Level; 16 nieces and nephews; and 19 great-nieces and great-nephews.

A service to celebrate Mary's life for family members only will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019. An additional service will be held at Salem Presbyterian Church in Organ Cave in early spring, on a date yet to be determined.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary originally published in the February 6, 2019 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.


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