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Elizabeth Anne Nealon

09/22/1964 - 09/10/2022


Obituary For Elizabeth Anne Nealon

September 22, 1964 – September 10, 2022

Elizabeth Anne Nealon was born in Delhi, NY. Her family moved to West Palm Beach, FL when she was five. She spent most of her childhood at the beach when it was sunny and reading when it rained. Her exposure to the rich cultural diversity of South Florida in the seventies and eighties was a gift that served her well all the days of her life. At the start of school integration, Elizabeth was bussed to Palmview Elementary, an historically Black elementary school, where she flourished in the outstanding academic and social environment. She walked to Conniston Junior High and went to Cardinal Newman High School, which prepared her well for college. She was a graduate of Palm Beach Community College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia School of Law.

Elizabeth used her education and abilities to serve others and her community. She was a Law Clerk in the Clayton County (GA) Superior Court, an Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton County (GA) Juvenile Court, an Instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and worked in Human Resources for Mission Health System. Her greatest accomplishment by far was being a mother to her three sons, Will, Joe, and Mike Scarbrough. From the moment they each took their first breath until she drew her last, they filled her life with light, love, and laughter. There was nothing on this earth that gave her more joy than her sons. Mom was the best title she ever had.

Elizabeth’s love of family came from the family in which she was raised. Her parents, Paul and Adele Nealon, made family the center of their lives. They encouraged their daughters’ interests and cheered for their successes. Her sisters, Mary and Meg, were her greatest allies, reliable sounding-boards, fellow adventurers and trusted confidants. Elizabeth grew up with her grandparents nearby and regular visits with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Elizabeth’s concept of family also included a vast network of friends. If you were Elizabeth’s friend, she loved you. If you made her laugh, she loved you even more. The stories of her family and friends delighted her and were threads that wove throughout the rich tapestry of her life.

Her friends also included the doctors, nurses and teams who enabled her to live for more than twenty-three years after breast cancer and over five years with ovarian cancer. Their excellent, compassionate care gave her many more days than she imagined she’d have, and she filled that time with the people and activities she loved the most.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her mother, Adele Hartney Nealon. She leaves behind her sons, Will Scarbrough, Joe Scarbrough and Mike Scarbrough; her father, Paul Douglas Nealon; her sister Mary Nealon Rowe and her family, Marty (husband), Andrew, and Connor Rowe; her sister Margaret (Meg) Nealon Lail, and her family, Bradley (husband), Taylor, Christian, and Franny Lail; aunts; an uncle; and several cousins.

A private family service will be held. She believed that God is love and that love is all there is. In lieu of flowers or donations, tell someone you love how much you love them or give to an organization that speaks to your heart. To celebrate Elizabeth’s life, do something that fills your soul with joy.

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  • 01/01/2023

    Elizabeth was one of my instructors when I started at A-B Tech back in 2004. I learned a lot from her and she greatly influenced me and many others during her time there. I am very saddened to learn of her passing. She was such a kindheared soul and she will be greatly missed by many. My condolences to the family.

  • 12/22/2022

    Elizabeth was my sister Kolleen Begley's 'chemo buddy.' Kolleen had her schedule changed to attend chemo treatments together, the friendship was so important to her. They supported one another. Elizabeth died 12 days before her birthday and Kolleen, 11 days before hers on Dec. 18. They too are together again. Our family is grateful to Elizabeth, who offered the type of support none of us could. We recognized her kindly at the Celebration of Life for Kolleen last weekend.

  • 12/22/2022

  • 10/08/2022

    I was fortunate to meet Elizabeth at the YMCA, dancing in the parking lot outside during early Covid. She was such an inspiration to me, intent on squeezing happiness out of every moment, and then sharing that glow with other people. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your spark of light with me.

  • 09/20/2022

    As school moms and Haw Creek neighbors, we feel blessed to have known Elizabeth. Her fighting spirit through all the cancer battles inspired us and she always found something to be thankful for. May her boys find strength from God in this time of loss and carry on her legacy in their own lives. Sincerely, Christi and Steve Hurd

  • 09/19/2022

    Elizabeth was such a wonderful person. She always had a warm smile and a kind word for everyone. Praying for comfort and peace for your family during this time. Pam Podwel

  • 09/18/2022

    Will. Joe, and Mike Your mom was precious and beautiful. She always glowed with her beautiful smile. Praying for comfort and peace as you go through this sad time. May God bless you! like your mom blessed everyone she was around. Dee Wilbanks

  • 09/17/2022

    Elizabeth and her boys were wonderful neighbors to me and my husband in Trappers Run and a delightful person to know. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to Paul, Will, Joe and Mike. We have truly lost a lovely soul here on earth.

  • 09/16/2022

    Elizabeth was truly a gift from God to all she touched. She was the first person I met after my breast cancer diagnosis as she had just finished her own treatment. As a young mom, she was such a comforting source of information and inspiration for me. I admired her quick smile, sense of humor, and intelligence. I will always treasure the help she provided for me and her amazing friendship .

  • 09/15/2022

    I will always remember Elizabeth for her amazing smile and contagious laughter. She is a bright shining star. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  • 09/14/2022

    Though I didn't personally know her, she shines through her sister Meg who I do know. Sending love to the family and friends. Martha W

  • 09/14/2022

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for being such a strong bright light in my life and so many others. Your friendship was valued and you inspired me on many levels which is a gift that will go forward. My condolences to the family - may you feel comfort and peace during the challenging moments.

  • 09/13/2022

    Elizabeth embodied a unique blend of strength, resilience, and joy that kept so many of us inspired to push forward in our own journeys. I'm grateful to have known her. That which is remembered, lives; hail the traveler.

  • 09/13/2022

    Elizabeth was so dear to our family. I am beyond grateful to have experienced her beautiful, warm smile; her ever-present kindness; her raucous laughter; her fierce intelligence; and her staunch friendship. I will carry her memory with me all the remaining days of my life. Thank you Elizabeth for teaching me so much. My sincere condolences to the entire family - we have lost a good and true special soul on this earth. J. Oliver

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