Doris Nealy Has Always Been A Big Help
Doris Nealy?s goal in life has always been to help people. Following her graduation from Booker T. Washington High School in Teague, she graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and earned a Masters degree in Nursing Education from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She was licensed and practiced in Texas, Ohio and Conn.
Nealy was hired by Lamar University to start the first Registered Nursing program at the University. She retired after 26 years of teaching. During her time at Lamar Doris had many professional accomplishments. She was appointed to the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners by then Governor Ann Richards. She received the Outstanding Texas Award from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus in the area of Education.
Doris Nealy was born and raised in the Teague area growing up in the Simsboro Community on her parents, Foster and Lutisia Foreman?s, Foreman 5 Ranch. She and her four sisters were left a legacy and the ranch, with the goal to preserve it for current and future generations.
Since Doris retired from Lamar, she has dedicated her energies toward service to the community in many capacities: Board of Directors and volunteer for The Lord?s Community Storehouse, delivering Meals on Wheels with her husband Roger, Hospice Volunteer, Teague Relay for Life Team Leader 2006 to 2013, Volunteer at the B-RI Railroad and Historical Museum in Teague with her husband, liaison for UM Army in identifying citizens who needed their services. She participated as a committee member in planning and implementing activities in celebration of the Teague Centennial, Coordinated community effort to provide flood buckets and health kits for distribution to victims of hurricanes, assisted in collecting and distribution of supplies to victims of 2011 fires in the Teague area.
Mrs. Nealy has long been an active member of St. James United Methodist Church in Teague and served as Vice president of local United Methodist Women and District Vice President of the United Methodist Women. She has been on the District Committee on Ministry, Certified Lay Speaker, and has participated in the Walk to Emmaus. Doris is active in the community Union Mission and frequently coordinates community effort in feeding families following the loss of a loved one.
If this wasn?t enough, she is President of the Freestone County Retired Teachers, Chairmen of the Retirement Education Committee District 12, President of the Antioch Memorial Cemetery North. She is an active member in the Magnolia Benevolent Association, charter member of the BTW/JA Brooks Alumni Association and served as president for four years and is currently secretary to the local chapter. The City of Teague was so grateful to Doris Nealy that they named her as a recipient of the prestigious W.R. Boyd, Jr. Cup.
Doris has combined her effort to keep fit and healthy with keeping the community clean. She and her walking partner, Marie Jordan, have been walking all over Teague and many county roads in the area picking up aluminum cans and trash five days of the week for seven years now. The money raised from the cans is donated to their Relay for Life Team.
Doris and her husband Roger Nealy were high school classmates. Their lives later crossed again and they were married thirty years ago. ?Without his support and patience none of these events in my life would have been possible,? said Doris. They are the parents of five children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Doris is a much valued and beloved member of the Teague Community.