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Mildred Evans McNeal
Mildred Evans McNealCrossMildred Evans McNeal, age 97 of Prospect, died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. †She was born April 2, 1912 in Powell to the late Hazel Martin Evans Brim and James Charles Evans.

She married B. Weldon McNeal of Prospect on June 6, 1937 and he died Jan. 15, 1992.

She attended Powell and Latchie schools and graduated valedictorian from Prospect High School in 1930. †She also attended OSU and Merriel Palmer at Detroit, Mich., graduating in 1934. †She taught Home Economics at North Canton High School from 1934-1936, Vocational Home Economics at Toronto High School from 1936-1937, Green Camp from 1961-1962 and Prospect Elementary for 21 years.

She belonged to St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Prospect, Sunday School and Katherine Luther Circle; member of Prospect, Marion and Richwood Senior Citizens; Powell Liberty Historical Society; Delaware and Marion Ohio Genealogy; Mary Chapter #9 Order of the Eastern Star; Radnor Grange #1977; Associate member National Camping Travelers #20; AARP; life member of OSU Alumni Assoc.; Marion County Retired Teachers; Ohio Retired Teachers and N. E. A.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Ann (Robert) Teague of Pickerington; Juanita (William) Hughes of Prospect; Peggy (Charles) Hall of Marysville; a son, Nathan (Christine) McNeal of Kimbolton; 13 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister, Martha June Hamilton of Columbus and a brother, Eugene Brim, Mansfield. †She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father and a sister.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM in St. Paulís Lutheran Church with Pastor David Bliss officiating. †Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery. †Friends may call from 2 to 6 PM on Sunday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect where an Eastern Star service will be held at 6:00 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Paulís Memorial Library Fund, P. O. Box 25, Prospect, OH †43342.

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#1 from: Barb and Fred Wagner
Pensacola, FL
Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Nate and Chris (and kids),
We are so sorry to hear about your loss.  Although we cannot be with you in person, please know that we will hold you all up in our prayers!  We love you!  

Barb, Fred, Ashley, and Pat

#2 from: Pauline Oehler
20014 N. Trading Post, Sun City West, AZ †85375
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Dear family,
I was saddened to see that Mildred passed away. When I moved to Centerville-Prospect Rd. I had only known her as part of the church family but she became a good friend and neighbor to me and my children. In the years before I moved to Arizona, we looked out for each other in many ways. She loved her home and family. I am pleased she was able to stay in her home during her last years and I commend all of you for giving her that chance. You have lost your mother. My children and I have lost a friend. My thoughts, prayers and love go across the miles as you celebrate the life of a very strong, willful and lovely lady. All of my family including Tom and Peggy Knickel and my father, Lester Daugherty send their condolences to you.

Pauline Oehler

#3 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, Texas
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Nathan, Barbara, Juanita, Peggy & families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I truly loved your Mother, she was a special friend to me.  I'm glad I went to see her the last time I was home and we had a wonderful visit. I sent her a birthday card and hope that day was special for all of you.
Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, Texas

#4 from: Jo Ann Martindale
Stillwater, Ok.
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM

She was the wife of Weldon Mc Neil, a distant cousin to me on the Meeker Bottenfield father of Carey Judson Bottenfield, my Grandfather.  They welcomed me and my 2 sisters into their home that Meeker Bottenfield built when we were in Prospect attending The Hedges Reunion, Hannah Hedges married C.J. Bottenfield who were the parents of my mother.
Mildred lived a long interesting life and contributed much to the community.

#5 from: Sharon and Maria Pierce
Sylvania Ohio
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 7:40 PM

  Dear Peggy,

        You are not alone on your grief journey.
Some tear-stained steps will be painful and    some will be confusing. God will be beside
you as Comforter and Guide.  And there are many
friends beside you.

                   Your Caring friends,
                   Shari and Maria
                   Sylvania #82

#6 from: Cheryl Oehler
Sun City, Arizona
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Dear McNeal "kids",
My mom has already told you how our family felt about Mildred. However, I want to add that she was special to me because she was my 3rd grade teacher. In the past two years, Mildred and I e-mailed each other quite a few times and we would share memories. Whenever I would hear from her, I was so tickled to be corresponding with my "old" teacher! I was amazed at how well she typed and how fast she responded to me. I truly hope that if I make it to 97 years-old like she did, I can be as active and vital as she was in the last years of her amazing life. I know you will miss her a lot and even though I am 2,000 miles away, I will miss her too.
All of you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl Oehler

#7 from: Leon Neisius
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 5:41 AM


What a wonderful and inspiring life you Mom lived!  I wish I had known her.  I'm sure she will be missed.


#8 from: Andy Heth
Lexington, Ohio
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Mrs. McNeal was my third grade teacher at Prospect Elementary.  She is a wonderful lady and a was very patient teacher.  Although I was only 8 years old, and I'm now 48, I still have very fond memories of her.  She was one of my favorite teachers.  I think it is a testiment to her character that someone like me, who was not a fan of school, to remember her in such a positive sense.  The world is a much better place because of people like Mrs. McNeal.  She will be sadly missed.

#9 from: Kevin Domer
Guernsey Ohio
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 8:57 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Nate and family in their loss.

#10 from: Sandra McBride
Kannapolis, NC
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Sis Barb,

Our thoughts are with you as you and your family give final honors to your Mom. . .

We know what children do for their parents - - you are teaching your children as well.

   Sandy, Dwight, Diane, Meredith
   Chris & Chris

#11 from: Mike Orahood
6200 Marion-Marysville Rd., Prospect, OH
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM

To Nate & Your Sisters,
So very sorry to hear about your mom especially since we're in Florida at this time. Wish my wife & I could have been there. I know that she is now with your dad and is enjoying her new life with the Lord. Your mom was always an inspiration to me and will always remain so for the rest of my life. Sure hope all of your families are ok. Take care and God bless.
           Mike Orahood

#12 from: Melissa Buchanan Hahn
West Lafayette
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Mr. McNeal. Chris and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.  My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Melissa and Nick Hahn

#13 from: Carroll Bosse (Dix)
Worthington, OH
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Dear Peggy and family:

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother.  How I remember the times I visited your farm and the "BEES."  Never forgot them. Your mother was a great teacher, etc. and sometimes a little "scary."  But when I think back she was probably right when she would get upset with us.  My sympathy to all your family.


#14 from: GeorgeAnn Charles
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I am thinking of the many great times I shared with Mildred and Weldon through Eastern Star. They were so very nice and freindly to me.
You have my sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother.

#15 from: John (Pete) & Margene Hicks
Sugarcreek, Ohio
Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 10:25 AM

We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  Hope to see you in September at the Hicks family picnic.

#16 from: James F. Hoffman
Urbana, Ohio
Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Mildred McNeal. She was my next door neighbor and third grade teacher at Prospect Elementory. I have fond memories of the many classroom activities that she conducted. We learned about how bees made honey and how to make candles, among other things. Mildred truely had an enthusiasm for learning and for life. She enriched my life and will be missed.

#17 from: Lynn & Carol Mikesell
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Dear Nate & Chris and family,
    So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    May our God bless you & strengthen you in the coming days- -
                        Lynn & Carol Mikesell

#18 from: Delaware County Genealogical Society
Delaware, OH
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Those of us in the Genealogical Society and the Delaware County Pioneers were fortunate to have known & loved Mildred. May you find comfort in your time of sorrow.

#19 from: Mary Allen
Avon Park, FL.  & Marengo, OH
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Barbara Ann, Juanita, Peggy & Nathan,  Can't tell you how sad it makes me to know I didn't get to see your mother one last time.  And we are still in Fl., leaving tomorrow for home.  Mildred was very special to me.  We enjoyed many good teaching years, and times of fellowship.  And you "kids" are very special to me also.  Remember the wedding cakes I made for you girls?  Because of my friendship with your mother.  God bless you all.  Grandchildren, too. (Especially Gwen!)

#20 from: Mary Allen
Avon Park, FL.  & Marengo, OH
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM

The family will remember Mary as Mary Tippett Lloyd, now Mary Allen..

#21 from: Don and Darlene Krawczyk
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Mildred has shown many kindnesses to the Krawczyk family though the years.   We will remember her fondly.  Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you in your time of grief.   We will miss her also.

#22 from: Carol Kauffman
Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Dear Peggy and Charles:
 Bonnie told me about your mother on Saturday, but we had the DGM's at our home on Sunday.  We are so sorry not to be able to be with you, but please know that your and your family are in our hearts and prayers.  We miss being with you and hope we can get together soon.  We love you lots.

Love,  Carol & Ed

#23 from: Nancy Wiley
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

I was sorry to hear about your mom - - My former neighbor.  She lived a very long and successful life.  She was always a good neighbor and I missed keeping in touch with her over the years.  Last contact was email several years ago.  I know she will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. God Bless.  David and Nancy Wiley

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