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Mrs. Leola McNeil
June 24, 1943 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Leola Jean McNeil, affectionately known as "Jeanne", was born June 24, 1943 in Bridgeport, Connecticut as the only child of Isaiah and Lila Bishop. She moved to Michigan at a young age. Jeanna quickly became a favorite niece and cousin because of her kind, mild manner and maturity beyond her age. She was loved and nurtured by family throughout her youth.
Leola attended school in Inkster, Michigan and proudly graduated from Romulus High School in 1961. She was known as "the church girl" by many of her peers as she spent most of her time in church where she acquired life-long friends and a love of singing. Her angelic voice was known across the state as she was a member of amazing choirs including Mattie Moss Clark, Donald Vail and the Choraleers, James Cleveland and her own church choirs at Great Grace Temple O.G. Hayes Memorial singing songs of praise like Order My Steps which we believe were certainly heard in Heaven.
Her steps were certainly ordered when she met the love of her life in church. A true love story that began in 1959 when Leola met William T. McNeil. Their unbreakable bond was confirmed on May 5, 1961, when they united in holy matrimony. Their love has lasted for 63 years and to their union four children were born/ Leola found great joy in motherhood. She nurtured and guided her children throughout their lives. She led by example returning to college earning her LPN license and graduated Summa Cum Laude 4.0 with her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing becoming an R.N.
Nursing was natural for Jeanne. Her sweet spirit along with her organizational skills were a blessing to the patients she served and her co-workers at Annapolis and Heritage Hospitals where she was employed until retiring after 20 years. Jeanne loved to go on family trips across the country and to family reunions. Everyone loved her cooking and would make special requests for her German Chocolate cakes, sweet potato pies, and spaghetti recipes. She is loved by her neighbors on Annapolis Street, where she lived and raised her family for the last 59 years.
Her legacy includes her devoted husband Deacon William McNeil, children; William McNeil (Trina) of Wichita, Kansas, Lila Lewis (James) of Seneca, SC, Edith McNeil of Inkster, MI, and Laurine Marino (Carlos) of Romulus, MI, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grands, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends along with a special sister/cousin Barbara Ann Merriweather/