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Obituary for Emilie Real Neill

December 1, 1926 - May 15, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 90

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Emilie Irene Real was born in Fredericksburg, Texas to parents Caspar and Meta Real, and died peacefully at the age of 90 in San Antonio. She was one of a generation of great women who have come to define what it means to be a Texan. Her wisdom and the respect she inspired in those who knew her were the fruit of a long, happy and graceful life.

Emilie and her sister Jeannette (Boster) lived with their parents on the family ranch on Turtle Creek, in Kerr County. Their great-grandfather, the first Caspar Real, immigrated to Texas from Dusseldorf, Germany in 1849. Caspar married Emilie Schreiner in 1853. The family bought land and established their ranch in 1857. The ranch remains in the Neill/Boster family and is a reminder of the rich heritage we share. Emilie lived on the ranch until the last year of high school and then went to the University of Texas in Austin, and graduated with a Liberal Arts degree in 1947. Emilie became a teacher and was a passionate supporter of public education and equal opportunity for all children.

Emilie met her future husband, Dennis Neill, at a relative's home in San Antonio. Dennis was newly home from serving in the Pacific in World War II. Each one knew that they had met the love of a lifetime, and married shortly afterward. Dennis was to be stationed in Ft Knox, Kentucky, so the family had only two weeks to plan the wedding! They were married almost 56 years. As in all long and happy marriages, the love they shared multiplied exponentially and had an effect on all who knew them.

Five children were born in rather quick succession: Peggy (Phillips), Emilie (Rogers), Deborah (Payne), Dennis and Matthew. One of the benefits of being an Army family was the opportunity to live in other countries, experience different cultures and travel the world. The family lived in Germany twice, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Mississippi, Florida and Taiwan.

When her husband retired in San Antonio, the couple bought their home in Monte Vista and lived there for 45 years. Weddings, birthdays, and family reunions were celebrated in that happy home. Emilie was a fabulous cook and was famous for her Asian cuisine and Christmas Eve dinners. Emilie moved to the Village at Incarnate Word when she determined that she needed nursing care. Our family has gratitude and love for the Sisters of the Incarnate Word, and the devoted staff at the Village who took such good care of her in the last four years of her life.

Emilie became the matriarch of her large extended family which included her sister's children: Mike and Steve Boster, and Barbara Oates. She was an inspiration to her children and 9 grandchildren: Meredith Yost, Amanda Phillips, Aimee Gorostiza, Celeste Rogers, Erik Payne, Leslie Payne, Allison Warren, Riley Neill, and Eva Neill; and 6 great grandchildren: Drake and Logan Yost, Charles Gorostiza, and Ava, Abigail and Arthur Payne.

Emilie's memorial service and celebration of her life will be on Friday, June 23rd at 11:30, at Ft. Sam National Cemetery: 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

It was Emilie's wish that in lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory be made to the Children's Hospital of San Antonio and the Nature Conservancy.

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