Mickey Neely Bare

Mickey Neely Bare, 76, of Oak Island, N.C., passed away in the loving gaze of friends and family Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 in her home.

Born April 9th, 1943, in Charlotte, N.C, Mickey was the daughter of Nancy Bradford Neely and John Starr Neely, a World War II veteran. Mickey grew up in Charlotte along with her three siblings. sister Linda and brothers Buck and Jimmy.

As a young adult, Mickey was often mistaken as the popular model of the time Twiggy because of her short hair and petite size. She began working for Southern Bell at the young age of 18. Here, she met many of her life long friends as well as the love of her life Jerry Dale Bare.

Jerry and Mickey were inseparable and created a dynamic life of adventure and happiness. They built their dream home at Lake Norman and raised their two loving daughters, Lisa Renee Bare and Katherine Leigh Bare.

Mickey retired at age 48 and spent the last twenty years of her life on Oak Island surround by a cherished group of friends and as a devoted parishioner at Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

She found endless joy in being a grandparent. Many summer weeks were spent at grandma’s house fishing, going to yard sales and exploring. Mickey’s sweet spirit, zest for life and devotion to God made her a very special lady to many people. She will be sorely missed by all those she touched, but we know she is at peace with her beloved Jerry.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Renee Bare and husband Dr. Hal N. Buch of Rhinebeck, New York, and Katherine Leigh Branan and husband B.J. of Conway, Arkansas; her younger sister, Linda Neely Sparrow; and older brother, James Mitchell Neely. As well as, sister-in-law, Joyce Current; brother-in-law, Phillip Grant Bare and wife Debra; brother-in-law, Harry Sparrow; sister-in-law, Ann Cambell Neely; five grandchildren, Cooper Buch, Jacob Buch, Charlotte Buch, Audrey Branan and William Branan, four loved nephews and four nieces; and her lively puppy Gigi.

A memorial service was held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th at Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Walter Taylor officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1503 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465; or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, www.hospiceandlifecarecenter.org.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com Peacock — Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC