In Memoriam: Shirley Neal


shirley-nealShirley Neal, a former resident of Canyon Lake, passed away on November 4, 2016.  Shirley was 81 years old and was born in Hartford City, Kansas and moved to California in her early teen years.

She attended Jordan High School in Long Beach, where she met the love of her life Donald Neal in the 11th grade.  They were married in 1953, when Don was drafted into the Korean War.  After Don came home from the war they resided in Long Beach, until they moved to Cypress in 1973.  After camping in Canyon Lake for several years, they bought a lot and built a house in 1976.  They moved to Canyon Lake full time in 1981.  They later moved to Sun City in their retirement years.

Shirley was involved in many clubs and activities in the lake.  She was a member of the Lioness Club for 35 years and served as president and vice-president.  She was passionate about her work with the Lioness and traveled to many other Lioness Chapters throughout Southern CA.

She was also a member of the Woman’s Club, Roadrunner Club and Travel Club.  Shirley and Don enjoyed many trips with both the Roadrunner and Travel Clubs.

Shirley never met a stranger and was always the life of the party.  Her and Don had an active social life in Canyon Lake and enjoyed their many friends and family in the Lake.  They also continued to see their friends from high school and enjoyed many trips and activities throughout the years with their families, camping and boating.

Shirley was an active mother and grandmother and her and Don took their children on many camping and boating trips. They continued this tradition with their grandchildren, taking them on camping trips every summer.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 63 years, Don Neal of Sun City, her son and his wife Dean and Margaret Neal of Menifee and daughter Paula Morrison and her spouse Tommy Karlsson of Menifee.   She is the proud grandmother of Deanna Haas, Craig Neal, Natalie Morrison, Andrea Morrison and Vanessa Morrison.  She has one great grandchild, Preston Neal.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Shirley on December 3 at 11:00 AM at the Canyon Lake Community Church.  A reception will follow at her daughter Paula Morrison’s house in Menifee.  Details will be provided at the service.