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Annette Peter Neel

June 1, 1927 - May 10, 2017

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Annette Peter Neel, three weeks shy of her 90th birthday, died on May 10, 2017. She was born in Orlando, Florida on June 1, 1927, the oldest of four daughters born to Asher and Doris Peter. Her father was a successful Orlando businessman and first president of Woodlawn Memorial Park. She was the granddaughter of the pioneer Florida land developer, Irwin A. Yarnell. She grew up on Park Lake Avenue and Ridgewood Street, attended Marks Street School and Orlando High School where she was voted "most literary". After two years at Mary Baldwin College in...

Annette Peter Neel, three weeks shy of her 90th birthday, died on May 10, 2017. She was born in Orlando, Florida on June 1, 1927, the oldest of four daughters born to Asher and Doris Peter. Her father was a successful Orlando businessman and first president of Woodlawn Memorial Park. She was the granddaughter of the pioneer Florida land developer, Irwin A. Yarnell. She grew up on Park Lake Avenue and Ridgewood Street, attended Marks Street School and Orlando High School where she was voted "most literary". After two years at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, she transferred to the University of Missouri graduating with a degree in English. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She met Robert G. Neel (deceased 2014) in Columbia Missouri, married in 1949 and they settled in Annette's hometown of Orlando. They had four children before they divorced in 1990. In the 1950's Annette worked as a writer for the Orlando Sentinel filling in for staff writers from time to time. She loved to read and belonged to two book clubs for many years. She was active in the Junior League of Orlando where she helped establish the ADDitions Program. She was an early member of the Orlando Bi-Racial Committee (appointed to this position by Judge George Young to address school segregation), The Rosalind Club, League of Women Voters and the Orlando Opera Company. She was a member of the Country Club of Orlando and continued to play duplicate bridge until 3 years before her death. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. James Catholic Cathedral where she continued to worship faithfully until her death. She was a devoted friend and a wonderful mother. Her children were very proud when she became a board member of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts upon its inception. Her involvement and financial support allowed her to name one of the performance stages in memory of her parents, whom she loved so much. She is survived by her children, Robin Neel (Tim Prince), Nancy Neel and David Neel, her sisters Mary Jane Means and Doris Culp, her grandchildren Courtney Bradshaw (Noah), Jordan Neel, Andrew Prince, Jonah Prince and Lilly Prince. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Asher Neel and his son Nathan Neel, both dying in 2000. Her sister Patsy Beatty died in 2016. Visitation Tuesday May 16 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the St. James Cathedral Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held immediately after at 11:00 a.m. in St. James Cathedral with Fr. Miguel Gonzales and Fr. Martin Nguyen concelebrating. Annette loved music. It would make her so happy to have donations go to The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in her memory. 425 N. Bumby Ave. Orlando 32803 orlandophil.org