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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Celebrating The Life of Noel Neill

Above, Noel's "uniform" that she wore to countless conventions on display. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today, about 100 people gathered in the Metropolis First United Methodist Church to celebrate the life of actress Noel Neill. Neill passed away in July at age 95.

Among the attendees were Jim Nolt, Mike Goldman, Brad Shey and myself. The services were led by Neill's biographer and manager Larry Ward.

Ward said that the intent of the services were to celebrate Neill's life and career. He said it was okay to laugh. He also said that she passed away peacefully in her sleep and her ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean, near where she loved to play beach vollyball in Santa Monica.

Above, to views of the inside of the First United Methodist Church. Photos by Armand Vaquer.

Speakers included Nolt, Dr. Pam Munter, Jim Bowers, Larry Blankley, Karla Ogle, Lisa Gower, Stephanie Perrin, Angie Sivori. There were also video tributes by Steve Younis, John Field, Terry Ryan and Jim Bowers. Musical performances were made by The Melungeons and Skip Griparis.

Above, Noel's "Key to the City" of Metropolis. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

On display at the church were large photographs of Noel Neill as Lois Lane as well as movie posters.

On the church's stage. movie posters, photographs as well as Noel's "uniform" (that she wore at conventions), her "Golden Boot" Award, her Inkpot Award, her Metropolis "Key To The City" and other items.

Above, Noel's "Golden Boot Award". Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During the service, a video clip of Neill singing in the movie, On The Santa Fe Trail was shown.
Included in the video tributes by Field and Bowers were scenes of Neill's 85th birthday luncheon at the Beverly Garland Hotel and the unveiling of the Noel Neill "Lois Lane" statue in Metropolis as well as some convention appearances.

Above, Noel's "Inkpot Award". Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The services were a very nice tribute to Noel Neill and she would have enjoyed it.

Above, Noel Neill and George Reeves. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

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