Neffney Carisa Bales, a true champion of kind heartedness, passed away Friday, December 28, 2007, at the Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid, OK. She was 30 years young.
The service for Neffney will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. David Bigger, pastor of Free Will Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will then follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City, OK. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.
She was born on August 15, 1977 to Steve Alan Bales and Jo Ann Smith Bales in Ponca City, OK. Everyone knew her affectionately as Neffi, and her family and friends were honored to call her: daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, cousin and friend. She was a special and gifted person from the day she was born, for the Doctors didn’t give much hope for a child with her disabilities to survive. Neffi proved all of them wrong when she not only survived, but thrived. She was such a strong little fighter that she overcame the obstacles of her Downs Syndrome to live a happy fulfilled life.
Neffi loved the simple things in life and among her favorite activities included watching TV - especially the Disney Movies, talking, listening to music, talking, drawing and did we mention that she loved to talk which she could do for hours on end. She also loved the holidays with all the colorful decorations, food, presents and visiting all of her family and friends so that she could - talk some more. She was truly a rare breed and one in a million.
Neffi was one of the few people that could bring out a smile on the darkest days, and the person that would be first to give out hugs and affection. Some people wait a lifetime to say “I Love You”, but not Neffi – who had a rare gift of making everyone feel loved and she wasted no time and said these words very often to the people she cared about. She had a wonderful laugh and when she got started laughing sometimes she would laugh for hours. She was very blessed and we were blessed to be allowed to have this special angel on earth for the short time that we did. Neffi will truly be missed, but everytime we hear someone say “I Love You” or we hear a special laugh, we will think of Neffi and remember the love and hugs that she gave so freely to all the people she cared about. She was a very special person and a true friend to everyone because she never met a stranger. Neffi is survived by her parents: Jo Ann Smith Bales and Steve Alan Bales. Sister Kristi Watson and brother Michael Bales all of Ponca City. Grandmother June Bales of Ponca City. Step Grand Parents: Eleanor Marie Smith of Ponca City and Jack Jones of Albuquerque, NM. Aunts & Uncle’s - Joyce Faiz of Ponca City, James Lesley Smith and wife Mary of Bartleville, JR Bales, Jr, and his wife Michele of Ponca City, Ernie Bales and his wife Paula – Ponca City, Vicki Navarre and her husband John of Trophy Club, TX, Deborah Sharp and her husband Jeff of Ponca City, Roger “Rocky” Bales of Ponca City. Jamie Childs and daughter Helen of Oklahoma City. Great Uncles: Tony Bales and his wife Anita of Brandon, Miss. Gaylorn “Sonny” Wilson and his wife Anna of Ponca City. Numerous Cousins including: Chad Bales, Courtney Bales, Danielle Bales, Kelby Bales, Kennard Bales, Jessica Bales, Lindsey Bales, Robert Bales, Robbie Bales, Shawn Bales, Todd Bales, Trever Bales, Kesha Ball, Rick Cockran, Lindsey Epperson, Heddy Faiz, Marisa Faiz, Toni Graham, Christopher Navarre, Jeffrey Navarre, Scott Navarre, Jerrod Sharp, John Sharp, Catherine Smith, Nicki Smith, Alexsis Stephens, Matthew Bales Sullivan, Alvin Thompson, Kevin Wilson, and numerous additional second cousins and friends.
Neffney was preceded in death by her grandparents – James Robert Bales, Sr., Viola “Vi” Marie Jones, and Norman Lesley Smith. Great Grandparents: Minnie Mae Bales Hand, Zeb Bales, Carwin Hand. Uncle: Pete Epperson, and 2 cousins: Thomas Blake Bales “PYT” and Kevin Scott Bales.
Casketbearers will be: Brandon Bales, Chad Bales, Kent Ball, Issac Coute’, Jesse Edens, Gary Gregg, Michael Naden, Christopher Navarre, Jeffrey Navarre, Jerrod Sharp. Honorary Casketbearers will be Curtis Bales, James Ray Bales, Kennard Bales, Kelby Bales, Robert Bales, Todd Bales, Ralph Epperson, Scott Navarre, Robert Perz, John Sharp, Alvin Thompson and George Turney. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Billings Fairchild Center, P.O. Box 367, Billings, Oklahoma 74630.