Neva Jean Wolf transitioned from Central Texas into the hands of God on July 22, 2015, at 3:33 p.m., traveling in the same manner that she lived: quietly, calmly, choosing her own path thoughtfully.
Hers was a life well lived, all 91-plus years of it. That life began in northeast Killeen, on the farm where her dad, Dave Hicks, raised cotton (a little). Her mom, Lillian Belle Hicks, died when Neva was only 11 years old; so she finished the raising of four younger brothers and sisters and graduated from Killeen High School in 11 years. (There was no 12th year back then). Her husband, Bill (Clyde Smith Wolf), was raised in Wolf Hollow, out the east range road; he contributed to his nation twice, with his home place being deeded over to Camp Hood and as a World War II vet. Together they raised three children: Barbara Jean Higgins of Spokane, Wash., Lillian Ann Farris of Killeen, Curtis Stanley Wolf of Killeen.
Neva’s roles in her well-lived life were as variegated as the embroidery thread that she used: Daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-again grandmother, seamstress, quilter, painter, crafter (new projects were elixirs for her), nurse, warrior, teacher, problem-solver, business woman, homemaker, chemist, friend.
Neva was incredibly optimistic, building a new house when she was 86 (Larry Weiss thinks HE built it) and buying a new car when she was 88.
She was just like Peter and different, a very purposeful, incredibly stubborn rock of ages.
Neva led confidently, from both the front and the rear. Providing an example from the front and kicking us from the back, as needed.
She loved the Texas Rangers, her Sunday School Class, and us.
Neva was, is, and will be a moving force in our lives.
Services for Neva will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Killeen, with Jack Husung officiating. Burial will follow at Killeen City Cemetery.
A visitation for family and friends is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. The family has requested that those wishing to may donate to a cause that was near and dear to Neva’s heart, the Food Care Center at P.O. Box 1656, Killeen, TX 76540-1656.
Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 31, Isiah 40:28-31.