Altha Jean Williams McNeely – Waxahachie Daily Light
, 2022-10-09 06:03:05,
Altha Jean Williams McNeely was born June 27, 1931, in Borger, the daughter of the late Jessie Lee (Jack) Williams and Gladys Elizabeth McWilliams Williams.
Her parents divorced and she and her mother moved from Borger to Dallas when she was five years old, joining her grandmother.
She moved to Italy in 1940, with her mother and grandmother, where her mother taught school for many years.
She graduated from Italy High School in 1948. She attended Draughton’s Business College in Dallas after graduation. She married Roy Gene McNeely August 7, 1950.
She worked in Dallas while Roy was serving in the Army in Korea. She was active in genealogy research and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Italy. She also worked for the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, the Italy News Herald, Ennis Business Forms, the Drawing Board (Pitney Bowes) and The Reporter Newspaper.
She published The Gladiator 1948 newsletter for almost 20 years, was involved in the Italy Ex-Students Association and wrote several books about the history of Italy, Italy churches, her family history, her and Roy’s journeys to Texas courthouses and “Letters From Korea, based on letters that Roy sent her during the 1950’s as he served in the U.S. Army as Staff Sergeant with the 25th Division Wolfhounds in the Korean War.
In the 70s and 80s, they took many vacations to Hawaii, Europe, Russia, Mexico, Belize, Cancun, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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