Sally Ann Neal (Leist), 84, of Barnesville and most recently Westerville (Columbus), passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at her home (Feridean Commons in Westerville). She was born on June 26, 1934 in Louisville, KY to the late Mada Skilton Leist Purdy and Edward Leist. Her father passed when Sally was young, and she was parented by Mada and "Big" Ben Purdy. She was a 1952 graduate of Winchester High School in Winchester, KY and 1956 graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she met her husband, Millard L. Neal. In 1958, Millard and Sally Ann started the Neal Studio of Music in Martins Ferry (601 Broadway St.) and Barnesville (323 E. Main St.). She was a member of the Barnesville First Presbyterian Church and served on the session and as a deacon. Sally was named Barnesville Citizen of the Year in 2000.
She is survived by her partner and friend, Millard Neal; her three children and their spouses, Jeff (Michelle Bewley) Neal, Lynn Ann (Susanna Holm) Neal, Ben (Julie Helms) Neal; four grandchildren, Steve (Ashley Crawford) Neal, Alex (Jada Helms) Neal, Olivia Neal, Grace Neal; and five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Tanner, Owen, Sophia, and Aidan.
A memorial service was held Saturday, February 2, 2019, with Pastor Sam Monte officiating at Barnesville First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sally’s memory to the Barnesville First Presbyterian Church, 124 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville, OH 43713.