QUECHEE — For those of you who wish to share in the celebration for Joan M. Neil, who died June 19 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from ARDs airing from complications following shoulder replacement surgery on May 24, a service will be held at the Valley Bible Church, 851 Fairview Terrace, White River Junction on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m.
Joan was born in Ooticamund, India, and was raised on the Dhibragahr Tea Plantation in a large family of which four remain in India and Europe. She also has extended family in Africa and throughout the globe. During WWII while serving as a Chief Petty Officer in decoding under Lord Louie Mountbatten, she met and married Sgt. Wayne C. Neil and came to America as an 18-year-old war bride.
She lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., for many years before moving to New York City where she excelled in the field of helping many hundreds of young people find the training for the field of their choice. She worked in education placement for more than 35 years and had a sincere affection for all of the young people she had the opportunity to meet and serve. From New York she moved on to Los Angeles where she spent the last of her professional years. Her family was of supreme importance to her and this pattern allowed her to be near her daughter, Sandra, her son-in-law, Webber Hall, and her granddaughter, Brandy, while Brandy was young.
In 1993, she retired and moved to Nashville with her daughter Donna and her son-=n-law David Del Sesto, to be there for her grandson Joshua.
In 1996 Noni, as she was lovingly known by her family, moved to White River Junction, to be near her son, Gary and daughter-in-law, Robin Neil in Quechee, where they run Quechee Gorge Village, along with their sons, Christopher, Andrew and Peter. Quite recently she moved into their home where they had invited her to stay.
The children have all grown up as have the grandchildren, but the impact of her love and guidance in their lives cannot be denied. There are many friends who have had the good fortune to share some of her life as well.
Noni was so very fortunate to be part of the “Meals-On-Wheels” Program for a while and later the appreciative recipient of those meals. If there is an interest, the family requests an offering to the program in Bugbee Senior Center in lieu of flowers.
This obituary first appeared in the June 28, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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