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Judith Irene Pulis Neese

Judith Irene Pulis Neese, 76, died Monday, May 16, 2022, in Benbrook, Texas. She was born June 10, 1945, the daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Harley Pulis in Worland, Wyo. At age 2 the family moved from Manderson, Wyo., to Thermopolis, Wyo., where she lived until graduating from high school in 1963. She graduated from Rockmont College in Longmont, Colo., in 1967, where she was fondly nicknamed "Giggles" by her friends. She then earned her Master's Degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1970.

She married Eddie Ray Neese June 20, 1969, in Thermopolis Wyo. They served in pastorates in Texas, and in Lewistown and Great Falls, Mont., before serving as foreign missionaries in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. After returning to the US they continued pastoring in East Texas until 2006, when they retired and moved to Benbrook, Texas.

Some of her most fond memories from childhood were spending summers at Camp Bethel in the Big Horn Mountains and at the family ranch in Wilsall, Mont. As a minister's wife she played the piano and organ for church services, directed children's choirs, taught piano lessons, led Bible Study groups, talked and prayed with people who were hurting. She loved Jesus so much and wanted everyone to know Him. Being a wife, mother, and grandmother brought her so much joy. She was a great listener to the friends and family members in her life, and took to heart what was in their hearts. The details in their lives mattered to her. She prayed faithfully for everyone in her life, and selflessly cared about and encouraged each person who came in contact with her, even through the intense chronic pain that was continually present in her body for her final 20 years of life. She is remembered fondly for her ready smile.

Judy is survived by daughter, Brenda and husband Mark Snider; son, David Neese and wife Carrie; son, Jonathan Neese; grandchildren, Taylor, Kenaniah, and Elijah Snider, Adam, Matthew and Jacob Neese, Andrew, Brianna, and Elissa Neese; and sister, Beverly Pulis McDaniel and husband Larry.

She is preceded in death by infant sister, Joyce Marie Pulis in 1943; father, Reverend Harley M. Pulis in 1986; mother, Mary Etta Peek Pulis in 2001; and husband, Eddie Ray Neese in 2013.

Funeral services were held at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Linden Texas, on Monday May 23.


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