Evelyn Neeley, 82, Columbia City, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at home. Born March 18, 1939 in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of John W. Sr. and Mary (Kelly) Phillips.
After the passing of her father, Evelyn and her family moved to Whitley County when she was 13. Evelyn worked for numerous years at Miller’s Merry Manner in Columbia City. She had been a member of the Columbia City Nazarene Church. She enjoyed reading, grocery shopping and was an excellent cook and baker.
Evelyn is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Phillips; sister, Gloria Zumbrun; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three husbands, including Mike Underwood and Homer Neeley; and five brothers, Donald Phillips, James Phillips, Robert “Bob” Phillips, Wiemann Phillips and Ronnie Phillips.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, at South Park Annex Cemetery, Columbia City where she will be laid to rest beside her brother Don. Pastor Thomas Beers of Columbia City Nazarene Church.
Memorial donations may be given in memory to National Kidney Foundation. Donations may be mailed to DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.