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Submitted by Jim Bierman on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:22am
Mary F. Neil, age 87, of Loveland, Colorado and a former Northfield resident, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm Friday, December 21st at the Northfield United Methodist Church with burial at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. There will also be a Memorial Service in Loveland in mid January.
Mary Frances Neil was born July 19, 1925 in Northfield, daughter of Fred and Ruth (Cleland) Neil. She was raised on the family farm in Castle Rock Township and attended country school and Northfield High School graduating in 1943. She then attended Winona State Teachers College and graduated in 1947.
She began teaching school in Michigan and soon went to Port Huron, MI where she taught secondary math for 37 years, retiring in 1981. She also took classes part time at the Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary over the years. After Mary was ordained she entered the ministry in the early 1980s and served several congregations in eastern Michigan before retiring to Loveland, Co in the early 1990s. Here she attended First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins and served as an assistant minister.
In 1995 she moved to Roseau, MN for 15 months where she was the minister at the Methodist Church. She then returned to Colorado and helped start a new church in Wellington, CO. For many years she helped author Dr William Cooper in editing his books on religion which were used by seminary students. She also served on the board of directors of Port Huron Community College for many years. She enjoyed both baseball and football on the college and professional levels and going out to eat with her many friends.
Mary is survived by her brother; William (Arlene) Neil of Northfield and 16 nieces and nephews; Donna (Bill) Hunter of Randolph, Dian Murphy of Austin, Ralph (Cindy) Neil of Dennison, Jodi Neil of Northfield, Sandi Neil of Northfield, Susan (Joe) Brown of Littleton, Co, Doreen Neil of Anoka, Brian (Janice) Neil of Dodgeville, WI, Robert Neil of Randolph, Caryn Lengkeek of Bloomington, Gwen (Mark) Masters of Santa Anna, CA, Pam Neil of Tustin, CA, Dave (Ann) Neil of Pine Island, Garry Neil of Northfield, Nancy (Darin)Hegland of Northfield, and Steven (Keely) Neil of Northfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Beth Neil; brothers Fred, Ralph, Paul, and John Neil.
Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield.