Neville Lansford

December 24th, 1929July 12th, 2022

Neville Lansford died at the age of 92 on July 12, 2022, at her home in Boulder, CO.

Neville is survived by her husband, Henry Lansford; her sons, Tyler and Lewis Lansford and their spouses; and her grandchildren, Cecile and Hollis Lansford. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Albert Harris and Alice Harris (née Neville), and her elder brother, John Albert Harris II.

Lucile Neville Harris was born in Columbia, TN, on December 24, 1929. She and her brother were raised on the campus of Columbia Military Academy (CMA), where her father served as business manager. Neville attended Ward-Belmont College for Women and George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, earning a B.S. in Education; she also held a degree in Accounting from Bowling Green Business University.

On August 26, 1958, Neville married Henry Lansford, who was to be her devoted husband for 64 years. Later that summer the newlyweds moved to Hattiesburg, MS, where Henry undertook his graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Two years thereafter they moved to Oak Ridge, TN, where Tyler and Lewis were born. In 1965, Henry took employment with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO; there the couple lived happily for 55 years in the same house where they raised their sons.

Although Neville’s first priority was always the happiness and well-being of her family, her other activities were rich and varied. As a young woman, she was an accomplished athlete, learning horsemanship at the stables on the CMA campus and winning a girls’ championship trophy in tennis at the age of 16. But her real love was music: she began piano lessons at the age of eight and continued to play her Steinway baby grand with discipline and relish throughout her adult life until arthritis crippled her hands. Neville loved to travel. Apart from their frequent trips to the UK to visit family, she and Henry traveled to many European countries as well as some more exotic destinations that included Australia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

After her early work as an advertising copy-writer and traffic manager at WSIX Radio in Nashville, Neville preferred to wait until her sons were independent before taking employment; it was always important to her to be at home when they returned from school in the afternoons. Once both boys were in their teens, she applied her clerical and administrative skills in a variety of capacities at the University of Colorado, finishing her career there in 1992 as Senior Administrative Clerk in the Office of the Bursar.

Neville was a committed Christian. She was a faithful and engaged member of the Boulder Valley Church of Christ from 1965 until 2020, when she was largely relegated to her home by the pandemic and her increasingly frail physical condition. Neville retained her wit and warmth to the end, passing away gently in her sleep in the company of her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to TRU Community Care (, which provided outstanding support to Neville and her family during the final two months of her life.


A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 21 at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette. Visitors are invited to visit with one another and share their memories of Neville and her full and happy life at any time between 2:00 and 3:30 PM. The family requests that all visitors wear a properly fitted mask.




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