Neta McCleary (Bowman), age 76, died on July 4, 2014 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, AZ.
Neta was born on December 25, 1937 in Waggoner, IL. She graduated from Sterling High School in IL, and from the The University of Iowa in 1959. Neta married Ward McCleary on January 31, 1960. Neta enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in nursing over 46 years, which included service as: Director of Nursing Education and Director of Nursing at Broadlawns Medical Center; Director and Patient Care Coordinator of Hospice in Dubuque, IA and Dover, DE; Patient Relations Coordinator at Iowa Lutheran Hospital; and a nursing seminar consultant and educator.
Though she had many health concerns, Neta lived life to the fullest always putting the needs of family and friends first. She will be greatly missed and remembered most for caring for others. Neta is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ward; daughters, Bethaney Campbell (Curt) and Jennifer Botka (Jason); sister Bonnie Bowman; and grandchildren Selah and Grant Campbell.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Margaret Bowman (Blackmore), and sister-in-law Joan Dunning.
Neta’s life will be celebrated on July 18 at the West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA with visitation at 10:00 am, memorial service at 12:00 pm, and luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in her name to either Broadlawns Medical Center Guild 1801 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50314-1597, or Hospice of the Valley East Mesa PCU 6063 E. Arbor Ave., Building 3, Mesa, AZ 85206.