Neysa McMein Bennett died on Aug. 14 at the Juneau Pioneer's Home, where she had resided for the last five years.
Neysa was born in 1917 in Purdy, Wash. and lived there for 65 years. She was a hard-working and loving mother and grandmother. In her early life, she simultaneously worked the family farm and waitressed at the famous "Pearl's by the Sea" in Purdy, Wash. After retirement, she moved to Alaska and lived with her son and his family. She spent her last 27 years in Juneau.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially loved baking for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, crafts and puzzle books. She fiercely loved her family, which included her Pioneer's Home family, and maintained a positive cheerful attitude throughout her 92 years. She leaves a cherished legacy of loving kindness.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Peggy Boman; daughters Linda Harmon and Nora Boman-Knight (Russell); grandchildren Andrew Boman (Meridith), Jeffrey Boman (Lisa), Rebecca Harmon, and Jenna Dowling (Dan); and great-grandchildren Madelyn, David, Parker and Lydia.
Her memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Juneau Pioneer's Home. She will be interred at Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor, Wash., alongside her late husband, Clement Bennett.