MACNEIL, M. Jessie
The family of Mary Jessie MacNeil sadly announces her peaceful passing at Miners’ Memorial Manor on February 18, 2017.
Jessie was a former resident of Sydney and always proudly announced that she was from the Shipyard. She was a special lady and a dear friend to many people. Jessie tended to make a lasting impression on people and her dry wit was appreciated by many.
Jessie was born on May 11, 1926 to John R. and Mary Jane (MacLean) MacNeil. Surviving are her daughter, Janet (Rick) MacKinnon and their children, Ardell and Ian MacKinnon; her son, Blair (Linda MacDow) and their children, Johnathan, Zachary and Rebecca MacNeil. Besides her parents, Jessie was predeceased by her beloved husband, John J. MacNeil in 1954; brothers, Leo, Roy, Howard and Alfred MacNeil; brothers-in-law, Benny and Duncan MacNeil and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Catherine MacNeil all of Big Pond. Surviving are her sistersin-law, Margie (Howard), Margie (Leo) and Deanna (Alfred) MacNeil. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Jessie was a woman of deep faith and was a former member of Saint Anthony Daniel Parish. She served on the Parish Council and was a former member of the CWL. Teaching was her chosen career and it was one she enjoyed for 35 years. Many students benefitted from her dedication and her ability to bring out the best in each student. Jessie has often been described as ‘the best teacher I ever had’ by many former students. She was an active member of the Sydney Local of the NSTU serving on several committees.
Miners’ Memorial Manor staff gave Jessie excellent care during the two and on half years she lived there and it became like a second home to her. No words can truly express our sincere appreciation and thankfulness for the care you provided for her. Special thanks to Dr. Kohlsmith for his competent and compassionate service to Jessie and her family.
There will be no visitation for Mrs. MacNeil. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 24 at Our Lady of Fatima Church with Rev. Bill Burke officiating.
Donations may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www. twcurry.com.