Sally ‘Maxine’ Neeley

Sally “Maxine” Neeley, 88, finished her journey on this earth Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

Born on Aug. 19, 1929, she was the daughter of Alice (Pingleton) and Luther Johnston.

She was married to Chet Neeley for 47 years before he passed away in 1994.

She was also preceded in death by a son, David Neeley; sisters Oma Woods and Betty Johnston; brother Henry Johnston; and granddaughter Kandi Travelstead. Maxine was a graduate of Plainfield High School where she was a cheerleader and the first female usher in the downtown movie theater.

She was a strong women who built her own chicken house, raised, butchered and sold chickens, was the first female bus driver for Mill Creek, worked at Davis Orchards, was an excellent seamstress and cook, always spoke her mind, and loved bluegrass music and sports.

Maxine retired from the post office where she was a mail carrier in Clayton.

In retirement, she and Chet ran the “Now and Then Company Store” at Mansfield, Ind., for several years and never knew a stranger.

At age 70 she obtained her realtor license.

Maxine was a snowbird who wintered in Melbourne, Fla., and in the summer was involved in the Putnam County Fair women’s building and won “Baker’s Best” many times.

Survivors include her son, Mike (Jan) and Pat (Noiy) Neeley; daughter Gail (Dion) Patrick; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She loved the great-grand kids sports and would be found usually behind home plate giving the umpire a hard time and lots of support to her great-grandchildren.

She will be missed by all until we meet again in heaven.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Maple Hill Cemetery Chapel, 709 Harding St., Plainfield, where friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home (