Hello. I am looking for information on the MacNeils of Iona. My grandmother was Mary Ann MacNeil (17 March 1919 - 19 November 1967) from Iona, she was daughter of Joseph H. MacNeil (13 September 1874 - 27 January 1953) and Catherine Ann MacNeil (20 August 1879 - 13 April 1947). Not sure what the H. in Joseph's name stands for, some sources say it's Hector, other sources say its unknown. Their gravestones in Iona spell their last with a Mc instead of a Mac, but I've told it's just an error on the graves. My grandmother had a new siblings.. among them were Sarah and Florence. Florence adopted Mary Ann's son William (who was born out of wedlock). They had another sister who died rather recently. I'll post the obit:
"Sister Columba, CND MacNeil
Born In: Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Passed on: December 2nd, 2010
Sister Columba MacNeil, CND (Sr. Saint Columba of Iona) passed away at Notre Dame de Bonsecours Infirmary Montreal, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph Hector MacNeil and the late Catherine Ann MacNeil of Nova Scotia.
Eleven of her siblings predeceased her including two sisters of the CND-Sister St-Joseph Oriole and Sister St. Ann of the Blessed Sacrament.
She leaves to mourn her loving sister Sarah Kennedy of Little Lorraine, N.S. and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.
Sister began her teaching career in the schools of the Montreal area and spent well over 20 years there. In 1967 in recognition of her work in teaching and in ministering to the poor in the Goose Village area she was presented with the Canada medal. Her last teaching assignment was in Richmond where she taught at St. Michael's and St. Francis schools. Following retirement from active teaching Sister Columba spent many years volunteering in her Richmond parish and serving the poor whom she loved.
Visitation was held at Salle Marguerite Bourgeoys, 5017 Notre Dame de Grace Ave., on Dec. 6 from 7-9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Monica's Church, 6405 Terrebonne Ave. at 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 2010. Burial in Cote des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal."
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