Melinda Lael ‘Bo Peep’ Neal, 69, an amazing woman who always offered a kind word and a bit of sunshine

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Melinda Lael Gordon Neal
Melinda Lael Gordon Neal

Melinda Lael ‘Bo Peep’ Neal, 69, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Lael was born on July 12, 1946, in Brunswick, Ga., to the late Jeanne and Thomas Q. Gordon. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Allen Dudley Neal; two sons, Mark Allen Neal, and wife, Stefanie, and Matthew Bryan Neal, and wife, Denise; six grandsons, Lucas, Colin, Caleb, Logan, Garrett and Gavin; and two sisters, Carolyn Spivey and Frances Hill.

Lael was born in Brunswick, Ga., but lived all but three years in Wilmington. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1965. She worked at the NC State Port Authority and retired after 30 honorable years of service. Lael’s talented baking and crafting skills were generously shared with family and friends. These skills, along with her unconditional love, will surely be missed. She was an active member of 5th Avenue United Methodist Church from the age of three. She was an amazing woman who always offered a kind word and a bit of sunshine to brighten everyone’s day.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at Oakdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to 5th Avenue United Methodist Church, Wilmington, NC.

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