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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2005
Ethel (Keim) MacNeal of Convent Station

Ethel (Keim) MacNeal
Published on 02/10/2005.                            


MORRIS TWP. - Ethel (Keim) MacNeal of Convent Station died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005 at her home. She was 95. Born in Philadelphia, she moved to Ardmore, Pa., in 1913. She attended Lower Marion High School, Temple University and Pierce Business School. She was employed by Temple University Hospital. In October 1935 she married Dr. Herbert F. MacNeal.

During World War II, she worked for the American Board of Surgery in Philadelphia. Mrs. MacNeal and her husband sponsored several children as foster parents. Some of the children were from Greece, the Philippines and Latin America. Others were Native Americans of Navajo and Zuni heritage.

Although of Pennsylvania German descent herself, Mrs. MacNeal became interested in Scottish affairs with her husband. The couple traveled often to Scotland and the Island of Barra. They were officers in the Clan Macneal Association of America, where Mrs. MacNeal was serving as senior vice-president at the time of her death.

In 1983, she was awarded a medal at the Delco Scottish games for distinguished service to Scottish America, the first woman to be so honored. Mrs. MacNeal was a member of Scottish Heritage USA, the National Trust for Scotland, the Scottish Tartan Society, and the Caldeonian Foundation. She was a fellow of the Scottish Antiquitios Society.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ruth MacNeal McEvoy; two nephews, two nieces; and 10 great nieces and nephews.

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