Pearl Neff

October 07, 1916 ‒ October 29, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Pearl A. Neff, age 101 and local centenarian, of Delaware passed away peacefully at the home of her great-niece Cindy (Joel) Vail on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

She was born on October 7, 1916 in Quaker City, Noble County to the late Mansel and Ida (Long) Hillard. Since 1923, she has been a resident of Delaware County. After attending the Warrensburg and Delaware Schools, she married Russell Neff on January 10, 1936. Together they farmed hand in hand on the former Zack Davis farm, Radnor Road, and in Ashley on Shoemaker Road, finally settling onto their Ford Road farm in 1950, where she spent the next 67 years. Pearl provided eggs to the former US Store, A&P Store, and the Buehler’s Store. Russell helped develop the race track grooming equipment used to manicure the Little Brown Jug races in the 1940’s and 50’s.  Sadly Russell died in 1995 after 59 years of marriage.

Pearl was adopted by the Warrensburg United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the Delaware Farm Bureau. She collected John Deere tractors, with her favorite being the 70’s series. Strong willed and determined she enjoyed a passion for sewing and crocheting, as well as her beloved cats: Green Eyes, Callico, and Tommy.

Not having children of her own, she loved children and is survived by two nieces: Jane Hillard Albery of Delaware, Barbara Hillard Opel of Columbus; nephew: Larry (Pam) Hillard of the St. Louis area, numerous great-nieces and nephews, and extended family.

Her family wishes to thank her special caregivers: Kathy, Judy, Debbie, Alison, Barbara, Carrie, Nichol, Jane, and Cindy, as well as her OhioHealth Hospice team: Susie, Marti, and Tara.

She was also preceded in death by brothers: Roy and John Hillard; sisters: Hazel Watson, Edna House, favorite nephews: Gerald Hillard, Stanley “Jr” Watson, and the recent passing of Charles Hillard.

Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday at Radnor Cemetery, with Pastor Kathy Hobson officiating. Friends may call Friday from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware prior to the graveside services. The family would like to invite friends and family back for food and fellowship at 1395 State Route 257 South, Warrensburg.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Warrensburg United Methodist Church or the Delaware Farm Bureau for their scholarship fund.

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