Mrs. Lue Henry (Livingston) McNeill was born on July 19, 1934 to the late Thomas and
Louise (Lester) Livingston in Robeson County (Fairmont), North Carolina. She was
educated in the Robeson County Public School System and was a graduate of Rosenwald
High School. She married Donnell McNeill on August 2, 1956 and moved from Fairmont,
North Carolina to Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. McNeill was a quiet homemaker who
offered her love and her home to over 60 foster children during her lifetime. Spring was
her favorite time of the year. She was an avid gardener who passed her love for soil to the
next generation. She also enjoyed canning jelly and making fruit cakes which she lovingly
shared with others. She answered the Master’s call on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the
mature age of 86.
Mrs. McNeill was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church since 1956. She served
untiringly as a faithful member of the Deaconess Board until her health caused her to
resign from active duty. She had a generous spirit and a pleasant personality and believed
in keeping things simple. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed. We shall
always cherish one of her favorite phrases of endearment, “I love you more!”.
Mrs. McNeill is survived by her husband, Deacon Donnell McNeill; 3 daughters, Linda
Clayton, Ann Brown and Betty Crockett; 1 son, Pastor Donald Miles (Barbara); 5
Grandchildren, Aiesha Fulton, Nicole Berson (Gregg), Johnnie Clayton (Shamae), Jewell
Clayton and Amber Vaughn; 12 great-grandchildren, Jamiah Sanders, Harmonie Vaughn,
Justin Vaughn, Alexander Berson, Addison Berson, Jaylen Clayton, Zion Clayton, Nyear
Clayton, Ja’kai Clayton, Shamayi Clayton, O’Siris Mears, and Solomon Mears, a brother,
Thomas Livingston, Jr., and a sister, Jean Stackhouse, both of Fairmont, NC, and a host of
nieces, nephews and friends.
She is Gone
by David Harkins
You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your
eyes and pray that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love that you
shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for
tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can
cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn
your back, or you can do what she would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.
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