Nina Marie Fiou McNeel |

Nina Marie Fiou McNeel

Nina Marie Fiou McNeel passed away peacefully on July 20, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Nina was born on May 6, 1936. She was raised in Basalt where she worked the family farm milking cows, picking potatoes, and driving work horse teams during haying season.

After graduation from high school she moved to Glenwood Springs and worked at Mountain Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator and met many lifelong friends. She also worked for the Garfield County Library in New Castle for 20 years.

She was united in marriage to Jack McNeel on Oct. 13, 1956. She and Jack celebrated 57 years of marriage. Together they raised their family of two daughters and one son in New Castle.

Nina was well known for being a wonderful cook. She was a much requested room mother because of her wonderful sugar cookies.

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Nina loved flowers and gardening and had always had a beautiful yard. She took great pride in her roses and won several blue ribbons at the county fair.

Nina was preceded in death by her husband Jack, mother Gisella Fiou, and brothers Joe and Merino Fiou.

She is survived by her three children; Debbie (Pat) O’Connor, Rhame, ND; Bud (Carol) McNeel, New Castle; and Jackie (Alvie) Gray, New Castle. Seven grandchildren; Devin Smith, Casey Gray, Justin Julius, Jim (Jessica) Julius, and Joe Julius, Brittany Smith, and Annie McNeel. She also has 7 great-grandchildren; sisters Alice Stott of Basalt, Linda Jadwin of MO, sister-in law Dixie Fiou of New Castle; and numerous nieces and nephews. She loved all of her family and she will be missed by all.

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