Ethel (Keim) MacNeal
Published on 02/10/2005.
INTERMENT - APRIL 16, 2005 -- ARLINGTON
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.