She retired in 2000 after 26 years of teaching and working as a Vocational Adjustment Coordinator (counseling). She continued her studies in writing at Dallas Community Colleges and Austin Community College, as well as a correspondence course from the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Patricia has written since early childhood and is both poet and writer. She has been published in newspapers, newsletters, church bulletin and some private publications. In 2008, she published a small collection of poetry, "THE INCONSTANT MOON." Patricia has won some prizes for her poetry, several honorable mentions, and is presently rewriting a youth novel she wrote in 1950.
Mrs. McNeely is the great-great-granddaughter of S. F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph and box camera. He was a famous American and also wrote several tracts, essays, and some poetry.
Patricia has been a prolific contributor to Fables for Japan, donating multiple stories and poem. Here are just a few examples of her work:
|"Sunset" Appearing in Book 3|
|"Sha-Kee, The Golden Cat" Appearing in Book 2|