October 19, 2021

SHELDON- Anyone who knows Madeline “Maddy” Carol (McNeely) Sneed, 64, who died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, is invited to attend her memorial service to be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m., at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, Mo.

Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

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Survivors include her husband Clifford; three sons, Jerimy, Micah and James; one daughter, Aleasha Schnedler; seven grandchildren, Daylon, Destiny, Dawnielle, Colton, Zoe, Bella and Logan; three brothers, Butch McNeely and wife Bev, Joe McNeely and wife Vicki and James Larson and wife Ramona; four sisters, Patty Bishop, Georgia Gilkey and husband Fred, Lola Slyter and husband Paul and Ethel Brower and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, James Larson and two brothers, Clarence “Micky” McNeely and Elvie McNeely.

Mrs. Sneed was born Nov. 27, 1956, in Kansas City, Kan., to Clarence Adolf and Pearletta Florence (Scholes) McNeely. She lived in Kansas until her freshman year in high school, when her family moved to Sheldon, Mo. There she met the love of her life, her husband, Clifford Earl Sneed, Jr. They married on September 30, 1973.

She was a 1974 graduate of Sheldon High School and after their kids were grown, she went back to school and received an associate's degree from Crowder College and two bachelor's degrees in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, joining Phi Beta Kappa and graduating Cuma Sum Laude from Missouri Southern State University, which led to her career with Children's Division, making a positive impact on the lives of countless kids and families in the area for the past decade.

She enjoyed being around her family, especially her grandkids, her voice and presence will be missed cheering at their many sports games she attended. She was the biggest Kansas City Chiefs fan, even before being a Chiefs fan was 'cool'. She looked forward to weekends spent camping at the lake with her sister and best friend, Lola. She loved to make people laugh, she had the biggest sense of humor, sometimes laughing at her own jokes before she could even tell them all the way. She was definitely a lover of life, a wonderful wife, mother, Nana, sister, aunt and friend.