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Virginia Gaylord Neely, last surviving child of The Oklahoman's pioneer publisher, dies

Virginia Gaylord Neely, the last surviving child of The Oklahoman's pioneer publisher, E.K. Gaylord, died Saturday at her home in Cashiers, N.C. She was 92.
by Randy Ellis Published: October 30, 2012

Her home in North Carolina was decorated with an interesting mix of African art and Asian and contemporary pieces, he said.

“Somehow, she had the good taste to make it all work together,” Paul Neely said.

Survivors include her five children and their spouses/partners: Paul Neely, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Gaylord Neely, of New York; Ralph Scott Neely and Elizabeth Mitchell, of Woodway, Wash.; Dr. Edward Kirk Neely and Holly Myers, of Portola Valley, Calif.; and Jack Hardin Neely and Margaret Meade Neely, of Tulsa.

She also had 12 grandchildren: David King Neely, Michael Paul Neely, Samara Neely-Cohen, Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Chloe Margaret Neely, Nicholas Stephen Neely, Lucy Elizabeth Neely, Simon Robert Neely, Laura Cray Neely, Caroline Elizabeth Neely, Elizabeth Gaylord Neely and Andrew Hardin Neely.

She had one great-granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Neely.

There will be no funeral services. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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