|Memorial services were held for Mrs. Grace Bennett Neill on October 26, 1985, in the Springhill United Methodist Church of Springhill, with the Rev. Charles Humphreys officiating. Interment followed in the Springhill Cemetery.
Mrs. Neill was born May 1, 1885, in Booneville, Mississippi and this year had celebrated her 100th birthday. At the time of her death she was living in the Taylor Nursing Home in Taylor, Arkansas. Grace was a product of the Methodist Church, having been born the daughter of the Rev, and Mrs. J. O. Bennett of Mississippi. At the age of three, her family moved to Louisiana and became a part of our Conference. Moving around in this state destined her to find her place in the church. She married Rev. A. S. J. Neill in 1905. She was constantly at her husband’s side over the years and joined with him in his ministry. A very talented woman, Grace taught piano in her late teens. She loved music and would often sing duets with Bro. Neill. Through the years she was most active in the women’s work of the churches. She also served as the teacher in ladies’ Bible classes where they served. Even after retirement, she continued her teaching ministry.
For the past 24 years, Mrs. Neill had lived in Springhill. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Grace Wright of Springhill and Mrs. Ethlee Roberts of Denver, Colorado.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p.284 By Charles B. Humphreys|