Sarah E. (Murphy) McNeil

September 5, 2010

SARAH E. “SALLY” (MURPHY) McNEIL – in Stoneham, formerly of Woburn, beloved wife of the late William J. McNeil. Devoted mother of William J. “Billy” McNeil Jr. and Margaret McNeil, both of Stoneham. Dear sister of Rev. Jude Murphy OFM , Boston, Sister Mary Kathleen, OFM, NJ and the late Edward Murphy, Patricia Marashio, Kathleen Brogna, Rita Grant, Theresa Currier and Loretta Hogan. Also survived by many loving and devoted nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 8th at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday morning prior to the Mass from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. McNeil’s memory to the VNA Hospice of Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to Mystic Elder Services, 300 Commercial Street, Suite 19, Malden, MA 02148.

OBITUARY:

Sarah E. “Sally” (Murphy) McNeil, a life long Woburn native and recent Stoneham resident, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 5th, with her children by her side. The beloved wife of the late William J. McNeil, she was eighty-nine years of age. Born in Woburn, Sally, as she was affectionately known, was one of nine children born to the late Edward and Margaret (McElheney) Murphy. Growing up on the “hill” in the south end,

she attended St. Charles School in Woburn. During her high school years she had the good fortune to be introduced to William McNeil while attending a party at her cousins, the McGonigles, in South Boston. They were subsequently wed in August of 1944 and devoted the next fifty-six years to one another until his passing in September of 2000.

Following high school, Sally worked as a secretary at the Carney Hospital, a position she held until her children were born. Sally was the consummate wife and mother. Their home was the gathering center of loving family, friends and many wonderful memories. Sally was there when ever anyone needed help and even got her license when in her forties, so that she could drive herself to her sister’s home to care for her when she was critically ill. She was with out a doubt, the loving angel and matriarch of the Murphy families.

In later years, after Mr. McNeil’s retirement, Sally and her husband enjoyed traveling and visited destinations such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, with their dear friends and neighbors.

Over the past several years, Sally has lived with Alzheimers Disease and has been lovingly cared for at home by her devoted son and daughter. “Sally” also had the the love support of her family, and all that love and support she gave, was generously returned. Sally was predeceased by her husband, William J. McNeil and her siblings, Edward Murphy, Patricia Marashio, Kathleen Brogna, Rita Grant, Theresa Currier and Loretta Hogan.

She is lovingly survived by her children, William J. “Billy” McNeil Jr. and Margaret McNeil, both of Stoneham, her brother, Rev. Jude Murphy OFM , of Boston and her sister, Sister Mary Kathleen, OFM, of NJ and many loving and devoted nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 8th at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday morning prior to the Mass from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. McNeil’s memory to the VNA Hospice of Middlesex East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to Mystic Elder Services, 300 Commercial Street, Suite 19, Malden, MA 02148.

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  1. Diane Collins Sahin

    Billy and Margie,

    I wish I could have been there to celebrate your mom’s life. I feel very blessed to have known your mom, she certainly was one special lady. Sally never judged anyone and found the good in all which is a very special quality to have. Your mom was very proud of her children and all the nieces and nephews she so readily took under her wing. I am so glad I got to see her when I was home a few months ago. I love you guys and you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. For Sally McNeil

    I did not have the pleasure of
    meeting Sally but her niece Pam
    has told me many wonderful stories about her. She was a
    power of example to all.
    I send my sympthies to Pam and her family at this sad time.

    Best regards,
    Judith Barry
    Lynnfield, MA

  3. My love and thoughts are with everyone. Sally was very special and certainly touched my heart very much. I will forever remember all those wonderful Edgehill Road memories.
    Love,
    Jennifer (Greene) Bishop

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