Mary Lou Neal, known affectionately as Mary, peacefully passed away at Baylor Hospital in Dallas on October 24, 2023. She was born on July 8, 1944, in Dallas, Texas to her loving parents, John A. Gaston and Floy Gaston. Mary's journey through life was marked by the love of her husband, Troy C. Neal, an unwavering dedication to her family, a fulfilling career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and a zest for hobbies that brought her immense joy.
Mary's career as a CNA was a testament to her compassionate nature and selflessness. She wholeheartedly dedicated herself to the care of others, providing comfort and support during their most vulnerable moments. Her professionalism and innate ability to connect with patients set her apart, leaving an indelible mark on those whose lives she touched.
Beyond her career, Mary nurtured a deep love for reading. Often staying up until the late hours of the night, she immersed herself in books that transported her to different worlds and ignited her imagination. This passion for literature was an integral part of who she was and added a distinct charm to her character.
Mary's connection with the earth extended beyond the pages of books. Alongside her beloved, Troy, she took pride in being a dairy farmer. Together, they embraced the challenges and rewards that came with tending to their farm. Their commitment to this way of life showcased their resilience and unwavering work ethic.
In moments of leisure, Mary found solace in cheering for her favorite sports teams—NASCAR races had her on the edge of her seat; Dallas Cowboys football games invoked passionate displays of vocal support, while Texas Rangers baseball games allowed her to revel in the sport's excitement. These hobbies provided a sense of camaraderie and added a lively touch to her vibrant spirit.
Mary's life will be celebrated during two significant events. The first is a visitation to be held on October 27, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Wilson - Orwosky Funeral Home located at 803 N. Texas St., Emory, TX 75440. It is an opportunity for friends, family, and loved ones to pay their respects, share cherished memories, and find solace in each other's presence.
The second event is a graveside service that will take place on October 28, 2023, starting at 1:00 pm at Hooker Ridge Cemetery situated at 7693 FM 513, Lone Oak, TX 75453. This solemn occasion will serve as a final farewell and allow us all to reflect on the impact Mary had on our lives.
Her memory will forever be cherished by those who were lucky enough to have known her. Mary's warm personality captivated all who crossed her path. Her genuine kindness and love for others were evident in every interaction she had. Family meant everything to Mary; their bond formed the foundation of her happiness.
She is survived by her sons, Michael Newby and Christine and Matthew Newby; grandchildren, Hayden Newby, Jordyn Hooten, and Clayton Wallace; great-grandchildren, Jensen Hooten, and Layton Hooten; siblings, John Gaston, Jr., Pearl Reeves and Robert, Molly Fletcher and Roy; daughter-in-law, Cindy Newby and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Troy C. Neal; parents, John A. Gaston and Floy Gaston; son, John Neal; daughter, Donna Chester; siblings, Lowell Gaston, Dorothy Camp and Joyce Gaston
Mary Lou Neal leaves behind a legacy of compassion, love, and unwavering commitment to those she held dear. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, partner, friend, and caring professional who brightened the lives of those around her. While we mourn her loss deeply, we find solace in knowing that her spirit lives on through the memories we cherish.