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Donna J. McNeal

July 2, 1946 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 73)


Donna J. McNeal

Donna J. McNeal, 73, Denver, Colorado, formerly of Hays, Kansas, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Denver Health Medical Center.

She was born July 2, 1946 in Sutton, Nebraska, the daughter of Max and Jessie (Mitchell) Jacobson.  She married Roger McNeal, and he preceded her in death in 1985.  Donna worked at JBS in Grand Island, Nebraska and Insurance Planning, Inc. in Hays.  She enjoyed working in her flower beds, feeding the squirrels and rabbits, the Rocky Mountains, playing slot machines, and cooking.  Her family brought great joy into her life, and she enjoyed family reunions and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters; Kim Barnes of Hays and Terri McNeal of Denver, CO, four brothers; Mike Jacobson and wife Julie, Lyle Jacobson and wife Marsha, Myron Jacobson and wife Donna, and Allen Jacobson and wife Michelle, two sisters; Dee Rollins and husband Raymond and Brenda Phillips, ten grandchildren; Shane McNeal, Jason McNeal, Alex McNeal, Hayley Barnes, Jesse Barnes, John Barnes, Brandi Barnes, Bailey Barnes, Derrick McNeal and Sierra McNeal, and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son; Scott McNeal, a son-in-law; Steve Barnes, and a brother; Charles Jacobson. 

A private family burial will be at Mt. Allen Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.  Condolences and memories of Donna may be shared with the family at

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