Neva graduated from Buhler High School, and later attended Hutchinson Community College, and Bethel College, where she studied, among other things, Plattdeutsch. She enjoyed sharing the love of this language with fellow students. Neva was passionate about helping the elderly. In 1980, she became supervisor for the elderly and disabled for the Harvey County Homemaker Program for Social and Rehabilitation Services, Newton. She served in this position for ten years. She was highly creative. Neva enjoyed tole painting and wood carving, and shared her love for the trade with others in the art classes she gave. Neva also taught piano lessons, and sang in various musical groups throughout her lifetime. One of her biggest joys was teaching step-grandsons, Hunter and Fischer, to play the piano by ear. Above all, Neva loved to entertain. She enjoyed opening up her home to family and friends, hosting holiday parties, pool parties, and barbeques. Neva was an avid sports fan, especially football. She enjoyed golfing with friends and her late husband, Elden. Throughout the years, Neva taught Sunday School and Bible School, was a member of the Moundridge Study Club, PEO of Hutchinson, and Sassy Lassies Golf Group.
Neva was a member of the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, and Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson.
On June 3, 1955, she married Duane D. Goering. He died March 10, 1992. Neva married Dr. Elden R. Austin, on September 18, 1993. He died August 21, 2018.
She is survived by: son, Dr. Mark Goering (Sheila), Enid, OK; daughter, Dawn Hamilton (Kent), San Antonio, TX; foster daughter, Sonja Engwall (Dwight), Douglass; stepsons, Jeffrey Austin (Lisa), Overland Park, Joel Austin, McKinney, TX, Jason Austin (Catherine), Houston, TX, and Dr. Jonathan Austin, Hutchinson; grandson, Tyler Goering, Denver, CO; granddaughters, Allison Johnson, Scottsdale, AZ, and Ashlyn Johnson, Wichita; step-grandchildren, Olivia, Bennett, Genevieve, Jensen, Nicklaus, Reese, Hunter, and Fischer.
Neva was preceded in death by: her parents; husbands, Duane D. Goering, and Dr. Elden R. Austin; and grandson, Zac Ackman.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Elliott Mortuary. A time of sharing with friends and family will held from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Avenue, Moundridge, KS. The graveside service, with Reverend Dr. Kim Biery officiating, will be held immediately following the time of sharing at the Eden Mennonite Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to TECH of Hutchinson, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.