Lisa Marian (Neylon) Nelson, 61, of Indianapolis passed peacefully away on July 23, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Indianapolis. Lisa was born on June 2, 1959 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove to Robert and Patricia (Foster) Neylon. She was a 1977 graduate of Roncalli High School and attended Ivy Tech to receive education in Health Care Administration, as well as attending IUPUI. In addition to working in healthcare, she loved to learn new things and was accomplished in many other areas. Some of these include: school bus driver, Triaxle driver, and in the jewelry business. Along with her family, Lisa attended St. Roch Catholic Church. On July 7, 2007, she married her husband, Richard “Rick” Buchanan.
Lisa battled breast cancer several times in her life. Not only was she a survivor, but she was also an advocate for others by serving on the Young Survivors Coalition, Casting for Recovery, and the Reconstruction Panel. She also provided counselling to women once they had been diagnosed.
Gathering with family and friends was among Lisa’s favorite things to do. She also loved to ride motorcycles, go to the State Fair, rescue animals and go camping.
Those who will cherish Lisa’s memory include her husband, Rick; mother, Patricia; daughter Ashley (Brandon) Barber; son, Kyle Nelson; bonus daughter, Courtney (Doug) Thayer; grandchildren: Ethan, Alexandra, Chance, Lilly and Hadley; siblings: Tom (Elizabeth) Neylon, Kenneth and Danny Neylon, Michael (Tiffany) Neylon; Cheryl (Donnie) Davis; many nieces and nephews; many friends and many cancer survivor friends. Lisa loved animals and took care of many animals over the course of her life, but Muffy held a special place in her heart. Lisa was preceded in death by her father, bonus son, Tyler Buchanan and nephew, Christopher Neylon.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Lisa on Thursday July 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Roch Catholic Church, 3600 South Pennsylvania Street. There will be a private family burial in Calvary Cemetery due to attendance restrictions with COVID-19. The family will receive friends on Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 pm at St. Roch Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be directed to Lisa’s daughter, Ashley for the future education of her grandchildren.
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