Neva Lucille Ryel Funk Schultz was born on October 30, 1909, in Aline, Oklahoma, and departed this life December 3, 2004, at Canadian, Texas.
Neva was the first of four children born to Edgar A. Ryel and Bessie Dean (Jones) Ryel. Edgar died in 1916 and the four children went to live with their fathers parents while Bessie cook for a harvest crew. Bessie later married Lee Leavenworth in 1918 and had five more children. Neva was their second mother, teaching the children essential duties, and being the disciplinarian.
Neva graduated from high school in 1927 at Aline, Oklahoma. Upon graduation she kept house and took care of a Bill Funk family in Waynoka, Oklahoma. The 3rd of July she met Bills brother Alvin W. Funk, who proposed to her on the 4th. They were married August 23, 1927. Over the span of nineteen years they have five children. Their first child was born in November 1928 and the last child in August 1947.
Neva passed the Ellis County Teachers Examination in 1937 and taught school one year. She had a position for the next year, but found out she was pregnant again and decided to stay home and teach their children the importance of God and country. The Funks settled in and around Shattuck with Alvin teaching in the country schools. In 1941 the Funks moved to Dumas, Texas, then in 1956 moved to Pasco, Washington. Alvin died in 1972 and 1974 found Neva back in Shattuck, where she met and married Carl Schultz. Carl died in 1983 and Neva married Frank Lamb in 1986.
Neva loved people and liked to visit the cafes and coffee shops to meet and talk with her friends. She was an exceptionally generous and caring person, but especially to those less fortunate.
Neva was preceded in death by her two sons, Acil Wayne Funk in Jul 1981; and Jay B. funk in November 2001. She is survived by her three daughters, Billie Leigh Ehlers, of Follett, Texas, Don Neva Darlene Travis of Higgins Texas, Sheryl Ann Braithwaite of Kennewick, Washington, 19 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 6, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at Gage Cemetery with her daughter, Don Neva Travis officiating. Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck was in charge of arrangements.
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