Funeral services for Neva Mills Grieves, age 59 of Round Rock, Tex. are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the First United Methodist Church on Hwy. 37 in Mount Vernon. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. this evening, Thursday, Jan. 24, at Sam Harvey Funeral Home, on Kaufman St. in Mount Vernon.
A self described “country girl”, she loved the wilderness and countryside, but tolerated the hustle and bustle of the city where her work and the love of her family took her. “Nanny” as she was called by her grandchildren, was fully involved in their lives - from meals to tutoring homework, from cheering at sporting events to teaching a dance step. “I love my family more than anything in this world, and I put a lot into those relationships” she wrote.
Mrs. Grieves died Saturday, Jan. 19 at Scott and White Hospital in Round Rock. She was born Nov. 15, 1953, the sixth of seven children born to W.C. “Watermelon” and Ruth Mills of Mount Vernon.
Neva was a 1972 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She continued her education, earning a bachelor of science in nutrition from the School of Allied Health Science at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.
Her life was filled both at work and privately with her desire to help people. She was employed as a dietitian and nutritionist by Titus Regional Medical Center for 13 years; the State Department of State Health Services about 12 years; and traveled as a nutrition consultant in both the public and private sectors. She moved to Round Rock in 2009 and retired there in 2011.
She married her high school sweetheart, Richard “Ricky” Grieves Aug. 25, 1972. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Neva was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara “Sissy” Hicks.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Ricky Grieves of Round Rock; daughters, Amanda Bonneau and her husband, Hunt, of Coppell, and Melissa Grieves of Round Rock; grandchildren, Paul Ray “PJ” Chandler, Jr., Maddox Anaya, Carter Grieves and Skyler, Berkeley and Reese Bonneau.
Neva is also survived by brothers, Donald Mills and his wife, Jan, of Hot Springs, Ark., and William “Bubs” Mills of Fort Worth; sisters, Shirley Davis and her husband, Ron, of Plano, Mary Ruth Mills of Plano, Kathy Moore and her husband, Ronnie, of Mount Vernon; sister-in-laws, Janet and David Nelson of Denton, Barbara Grieves and Dena Teal of Mount Vernon, Tracy Grieves of Denton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral services will be conducted by John Hicks. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Ruben Mills, Windham Boulter, Trey Milliken, Robert Moore, David Allen Nelson, Rocky Bounds and Will Nelson.
Neva declared recently that her life had been a great adventure, so far, and she was looking forward to more adventures. She is now beginning the greatest adventure of all.