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Nancy M. McNeill

Nancy M. McNeill passed away peacefully on June 24 surrounded by her family. Nancy was born in Glendale, California on August 8, 1942, where she attended school through the 12th grade. She attended the University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Administration in Education. One Sunday she met the love of her life, Dick, at a morning service at Saint Philip’s in the Hills in Tucson. Nancy and Dick were married on August 23, 1963. After a brief stint in Tucson, they moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where Dick, commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant, served on the General Staff of the United States Training Center. Nancy taught 4th grade at Fort Knox Dependent Schools and remedial reading and math in summer school. From Fort Knox they moved to Philadelphia where Nancy taught 6th grade while Dick pursued an MBA at the Wharton School. When Dick accepted a position with The Coca Cola Company they moved to Atlanta. Nancy had a unique ability to successfully manage many things, both personal and professional, at the same time. While raising three children she pursued advanced degrees and worked full time. She attended Georgia State University where she earned a Master’s in Education in 1977 and a PhD in 1988. Nancy served as a middle school teacher, Middle School Vice Principal, Principal, and also as a Staff Associate hiring new middle school teachers for the Cobb County School System. Nancy and Dick spent three years in Oregon where Dick managed the NW Division for Coke. Impressively, Nancy was the first female administrator in the Oregon City School District. Not surprisingly, Nancy was loved and highly respected by everyone in the school system. Nancy and Dick retired and moved to Dawsonville, Georgia, and Sanibel Island, Florida.  Nancy loved both places but had a particular affection for Dawson County, the people, and living on Lake Lanier. Nancy epitomized a consummate servant leader. She had a caring heart and worked tirelessly to help others in need. She served in leadership positions and as a participant in several service organizations including: The Bowen Center for the Arts, The Good Shepherd Clinic, Wee Books, and the Dawson County Woman’s Club. In 2016 Nancy was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as Volunteer of the Year. She earned the admiration and respect of everyone who came in contact with her. Nancy and Dick were happily married for 58 years. Their love for one another was special in every sense of the word. Nancy is survived by Dick McNeill and her three children, Andy McNeill, David McNeill and Melissa Sturgis, their spouses, Julie, Kelah and Fred and 11 grandchildren. All 18 members of her family viewed Nancy as the matriarch. They each had a unique bond with and love for Nancy and were a very important part of Nancy’s life. She always exemplified the qualities and values that her family and others treasured. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 10. The celebration will take place at Bearden Funeral Home located at 334 Hwy 53 E, Dawsonville. Following the service, a reception will be held at The Bowen Center for the Arts at 334 GA-9 in Dawsonville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Good Shepherd Clinic in Dawsonville or to Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville where Nancy and Dick are longstanding members.  Condolences may be expressed at Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.   

Dawson County News  

June 30, 2021