Neva Claudia Ames Post, 86, Bronaugh, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada, following an illness of three months. The second daughter of John and Claudia (Neete) Ames, she was born August 26, 1917, at Green City, Mo. At the age of two years she moved with her parents and sister, Hazel, to a farm home east of Bronaugh. She was immediately enrolled as a preparatory member of the Methodist Church South in Bronaugh. At the age of 12 years, she became a member by Profession of Faith, and has remained faithful to this church her entire life. She served many years as a Sunday school teacher and as a member of the United Methodist Women. She sang alto in a gospel quartet for many years. Neva was a member and attended the Bronaugh United Methodist Church for 84 years.
Neva Ames Post attended school at Prairie Flower and Prairie Divide, one-room country schools, and graduated from Bronaugh High School in 1933 as Valedictorian of her class. She attended Springfield State Teachers College in 1933-1934. The following year she taught at Anderson, a one-room country school east of Lamar. Later, after marriage, she taught at Pleasant View, also a one-room country school.
On April 17, 1935, Neva Ames was united in marriage to John Edward Post at the Lutheran Church in Rich Hill. They began their married life at Swart, Mo., where her husband was teaching at Pleasant View, a one-room country school. They lived in an apartment over the Swart Country Store. When her husband accepted a job as manager of the Moundville Farmers Exchange, they moved to Moundville, and finally to their present farm home in Bronaugh, where her children Linden, Betty and Ed were raised.
Neva Claudia Ames Post was active in community life, having been a member of the Bakers Dozen Bridge Club, President of the Parent Teachers Association, member of the United Methodist Women and a substitute teacher. She was a longtime member of the Elizabeth Carey Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, having served as Regent of her chapter during the Bicentennial Celebration of our country and later as a chapter chaplain.
Her first devotion was to her husband, her children, and grandchildren, and her faith in the everlasting love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband on December 20, 1995. Survivors include her three children, Linden Post and his wife, Ronda, Nevada, Betty Post Garton and her husband, Bob, Moundville, and Edward E. Post and his wife, Bernadine, Bronaugh; five grandsons, John Thomas Post, Bronaugh, Jeff Post, Nevada, J.L. Post, St. Louis, Bryan Garton, Columbia, Mo., and Bradley Garton, Winter Park, Colo.; two granddaughters, Jessica Post Read, Nevada, Kelly Jo Love, Fort Scott, Kan.; three great-grandsons, Kevin Post, Nevada, Joshua and Logan Garton, both of Columbia, Mo.; and one great-granddaughter, Adriana Love, Fort Scott, Kan.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 29, at the Bronaugh United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. Friends may call now and until 8 p.m., Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, and the family receives friends 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in her memory to the Bronaugh United Methodist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.