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Maria Lynne Neely-Feldkamp

Maria Lynne Neely-Feldkamp

December 9, 1969 - May 4, 2020

Maria Lynne Neely-Feldkamp, a longtime resident of Gosport, Indiana and Dearborn Heights, Michigan died peacefully at the age of 50; Monday, May 4, 2020 at 4:10pm at the Hospice House in Bloomington, IN. Maria's earthly body succumbed to cancer. She is now residing in her heavenly residence. <br /> <br /> Maria, born December 9, 1969, resided in the City of Dearborn Heights, Michigan throughout her twenties. She attended Bedford Elementary School, St. Sebastian School, O.W. Best Junior High and was a proud graduate of Annapolis High School class of 1988. As a young child she took dance classes, partook in family etymology, camping, summer pool time, and enjoyed the company of her siblings and neighborhood children. In high school she ran track and spent time with her good friends, Sharon Lannan-Lutz, and Gigi Holthus. While a teenager she spent most of her time waitressing at Bonanza. <br /> <br /> Her dream was always just to be a mother and she was. As a small child she started practicing motherhood with her favorite doll "Bonnie". At the age of 21 she married Bill Wilson and in 1991 had her first child, Jeffrey, and soon after she cultivated her family with 4 more blessed children. Unfortunately, Maria and Bill grew apart. It was at this time that Maria's best friend Sharon stepped up and was instrumental in providing a means for Maria to travel to Arizona and then graciously shared her home with Maria and her family. While living with Sharon, Maria took on many jobs and responsibilities to provide for her family. She worked at the Life Care Center in Glendale, Arizona, the United Methodist Outreach Ministries Homeless Shelter, and worked as a certified nursing assistant in a local nursing home. Maria also did waitressing, telemarketing and provided childcare. She was a woman of many qualities, she could do almost anything, and if you asked her children, she did it all. <br /> <br /> As fate would have it, while in Arizona, Maria met Clinton (Clint) Gordon Feldkamp. Clint immediately fell for Maria and fell in love with her children and so they started courting. On July 6, 2002, Maria and Clint married. Together with Clint, Maria gave birth to her last child, Tiffany. This finalized the Feldkamp family of 8 also known as "The Happy Family". Not long after Maria and Clint's marriage, Sharon decided to move to Indiana to be closer to her father. She suggested that Maria, Clint, and the family come to Indiana too and so they did. Sharon and her husband David bought a domicile in the town of Gosport and again invited Maria and her family to share their homestead and of course Maria said, "yes". This is where the family has resided for about 17 years with her family and her extended Lutz family; thus, close to her life-long friend Sharon. The bond of friendship between Maria and Sharon was more like a sisterhood and it was a treasured tapestry that they shared from childhood until Maria's death. <br /> <br /> Over the years Maria became an avid writer of poetry - following in her mother's footsteps. She was writing several children's books and also writing a book about her cancer journey. This passion led her to enrollment in a class at Indiana's Ivy Tech Community College where she was pursuing her love of writing. When she did not have a child or pen in hand, she loved spending time with family and friends, gardening and enjoying the sun. When others could not reach her, she would create singalong voicemails that would undoubtedly elicit huge smiles from recipients. One could also find Maria outside in her yard and sharing conversation with one of the passing residents where her home was known affectionately as "Everyone's Home". She was a familiar face in the community as a manager of the local grocery store, and the "boss" of the local pizza restaurant. She was also a member of the Kappa, Kappa, Sigma girl's group in Gosport, curator at the local museum in Gosport, as well as a regular attendee of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Spencer, Indiana. <br /> <br /> If you knew Maria, she was a fighter. This was evident as she persevered through 8-years in the thicket of cancer. As the disease ravaged her body she rarely, if ever complained, and when she would she took it up with God first, and then relied on her loving husband to walk through the hills and valleys with her, which he did every step of way. Maria had such a transparent and evident love of our savior Jesus Christ. Both Him and her husband were the ones who held her together when all the questions and worries would flood her brain. Maria did not lose the battle to cancer, she is a survivor, an angel now in heaven. Maria's cancer story can be found online at "Goodenoughmother.com" where her story was interviewed and published. In the article it is evident of the kind of person she was. Cancer and death never scared her, it was the reaction of her children, husband, family, and friends that worried her most. She was not only tough but also opinionated and was not afraid to tell you what was on her mind. She was fun to be around. Just talking to her would put a smile on one's face as her humor and wit would always meander into a conversation. She was a wonderful person, wife, mother, nana, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter, friend and more. She will be sorely missed but not forgotten. <br /> <br /> Maria is survived by her caring husband of 18 years, Clint, her 6 children: Jeffrey (Katrina), Joshua (Ashley), Alicia, Breanna, Jessica, and Tiffany. Loving Nana of: Addi, Kolton, Kaiden, Parker, Paxton, Everett and Hayden; Dearest daughter of her father Gerald, Granddaughter of Dorothy Parker- Wiltshire, Beloved sister of Victor (Katie), Catherine (Mike), Candace (Randy) Shawn (Donna), Chris (Paula), Shane and (Kim). Maria is also survived by her first husband, Bill Wilson, and her extended family: best friend Sharon Lannan-Lutz, her husband David, and sons. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother Dorothy Wiltshire Neely and her brother Mathew John as well as her grandparents and many aunts and uncles. <br /> She will live on in the memory of her many nieces and nephews, who she treasured for each of their unique personalities and special qualities that added happiness to her life. Maria will be an everlasting impression on the hearts of many distant relatives, aunts, uncles, cousins which are too many to name but who loved her and will sorrow no less. <br /> <br /> A Heartfelt Thank You <br /> <br /> Maria & her family would like to take this time to express their gratitude to the many people who gave her assistance and support during the difficult times in her life. They calmed the wind when the seas grew rough. They are loved for their unwavering and unconditional compassion. To Diane Horwith-Neely for being a shelter out of the storm and assisting Maria as she was changing the path of her life. To Sharon Lutz - Maria's guardian angel and kindred spirit for her blessed friendship. To Sharon's husband David and sons who supported Sharon's wishes and generosity throughout the years. No thank you is enough. To the Gosport family who helped her through many battles as Maria and the family fought to win the war on cancer. Your generosity and understanding have not only touched their hearts but has also bonded the community with them as one big family. To Saint Jude Catholic Church in Spencer, IN, Maria's faith and strength was deeply encouraged through you, a big thank you for always lending a helping hand and providing financial support. You were not only a church to Maria; you were her family. Take heart in knowing she will forever be grateful. To all the doctors, nurses, and health care professionals at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Cancer Institute of Chicago and Hospice House, you are all a blessing to the sick and their families. You are the super glue that keeps them all together, the propeller that keeps them moving toward hope. You give each family more time with their loved ones - a gift that can never be repaid. To everyone else who has had even the smallest impact on Maria's life, your goodwill has left indelible impressions on her life. Take solace in knowing that Maria will forever remember your kindness with Christ. <br /> <br /> Thank you to everyone for your love and prayers. God Blessings are sent to you all. <br /> <br /> <br /> At this time with the Covid-19 crisis the family is planning a Mass service and celebration of life that will be held at her beloved St. Jude Catholic church On June the 12th, private burial service will follow celebration. Time is currently pending. Will be announced later. Condolences may be sent to the family at PO BOX 243, Gosport IN, 47433.

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    Our deepest sympathy for your family. May God wrap you in comfort and love.
    The Mead Family May 07, 2020
    So many fun happy childhood memories ..the best times were playing house in the bus that was in the driveway of there home across from my Busias house...the times we went swimming,walked to the corner store etc... such a happy soul she was ...I loved her ...Sharon such a beautiful friend she loved you very much we talked often on the phone when our kids were growing and she would mention you often ..MayGod watch over her family..
    Gigi (Holthus)Solano May 07, 2020
    Since I have known you, Jess, you have been an amazing presence in our youth trips/meetings. You were raised right, but I lost my mom before a lot of my life events, and each will be a tear-filled moment, starting Sunday. My mom loved music, yours loved nature. When I have certain songs play in my head, I know mom is watching over me. Maybe it will be in nature you feel this. Sometimes, she reaches out in a way you understand, sometimes you reach out in moments you want closeness. It will come to you.
    Draw upon your family and friends, we will surround you with our love. And remember, we are never far, nor are our shoulders, to bear you up
    David Lee May 07, 2020
    Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Maria Lynne Neely-Feldkamp by Kenneth and Teresa Gray.  Send flowers
    Kenneth and Teresa Gray May 06, 2020