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Neala VanBaale

03/13/1956 - 03/11/2023


Obituary For Neala VanBaale

Neala VanBaale, 66, of Cave Springs, AR, formerly of Sedalia, MO, died Saturday, March 11, 2023, at her home surrounded by family.

Neala was born in Sedalia, MO, on March 13, 1956, the daughter of Russell (Neal) and Elsie Janney. She graduated from Smith-Cotton High School and attended State Fair Community College, where she obtained a certificate in office administration.

On June 25, 1977, she was united in marriage to Dennis VanBaale. Neala spent most of her life in Sedalia, where she worked at Third National Bank for ten years, was a teacher’s aide at Skyline Elementary School, and owned a cleaning business. She was also a 25-year member of First United Methodist Church Sedalia, MO, where she volunteered her time in various capacities. She considered the care of her family and home to be her most important work in this life. In 2015, she and Dennis moved to Arkansas to be closer to family.

Neala enjoyed cooking for friends and family, who would gather around her dining table to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner every year. In addition, she loved to play golf and travel the country with her husband. Most recently, you could find them in Texas visiting their son or at a softball complex watching their niece play.

Neala is survived by her husband of the home; one son, Adam VanBaale of New Braunfels, TX; her mother, Elsie Janney of Rogers, AR; a brother, Eric (Stephanie) Janney of Rogers, AR; a sister-in-law, Diane (Dennis) Connor of La Monte, MO; one niece, Kadence Janney of Rogers, AR; one nephew, Koleston Janney of Rogers, AR, and many extended family members and friends.

Neala was preceded in death by her father, Neal Janney, and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Services will be held at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia, MO, on Saturday, March 18, 2023, with a visitation beginning at 9 am and a service and burial to follow at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sedalia Animal Shelter in Neala’s name.

Arrangements are in the care of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home of Rogers, AR, and Rea Funeral Chapel Sedalia, MO.


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  • 03/24/2023

    Such a sweet, sweet lady. We would see Dennis and Neala walking Sadie in the neighborhood and we'd join in walking, talking and laughing. It didn't matter how much time passed between visits, we always picked up where we had previously left off. We will miss her laugh, her love for others, mainly the animals. Such a kind soul, we will miss her.. Steve and Judi Harvey Cave Springs AR

  • 03/18/2023

    Dennis and family, we were so saddened to hear about Neala. Our heats and prayers go out to you.

  • 03/17/2023

    Neala was such a sweet person and I enjoyed our times at church baking cookies and celebrating our faith. My deepest sympathy Dennis and Adam

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  • 03/16/2023

    So sorry to hear of Neala's passing. We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Jim, Jeff and Pam Spain.

  • 03/13/2023

    I was devastated to hear about Neala's illness and passing. She was a sweetheart. My condolences and sympathy to Aunt Elsie, Dennis, Adam and Eric. Find comfort in your shared memories of her. - Mary Payne Reed

  • 03/13/2023

    Our prayers and sympathy from the east coast "Bergman" family. Neala was a favorite MO cousin and fondly remembered all. Art Payne

  • 03/13/2023

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers

  • 03/13/2023

    So sorry for your loss. I remember how devoted she was to her family when we were raising our sons. Praying for God's comfort to be with you!

  • 03/13/2023

    We lost a lovely person in our world but Heaven is more beautiful now that Neala has arrived. 🕊 Love and condolences to Aunt Elsie, Dennis & Adam for your loss. -Margie Payne Fazio

  • 03/13/2023

    We have lost a lovely person in our world but Heaven is even more beautiful now that Neala has arrived. 🕊 Love and condolences to Aunt Elsie, Dennis and Adam. 🙏 ~Margie Payne Fazio

  • 03/13/2023

    Neala was the maid of honor at my daughter's wedding. I would run into her often while shopping and we always had a pleasant conversation. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing and my prayers are with Dennis and her family. Tenny Dennis

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