MaryBeth Thompson Neill, 60, Chapel Hill, N.C.: May 9, 2016 – Jan. 6, 1956

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On the afternoon of May 9, 2016, MaryBeth Thompson Neill passed away peacefully at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Hospital, Chapel Hill, N.C. She was surrounded by her husband, family, and friends. She was 60 years old.

MaryBeth was born on Jan. 6, 1956, in Emporia, Kan. She was the second child of four, born to MaryJune Thompson and Clinton “Clint” Thompson.

MaryBeth was a passionate wife, mother, friend, and nurse. She grew up in Osage City, Kan., where she attended high school. She then went on to attend Baker University for nursing, her lifelong passion. Before she moved to New Bern, N.C., MaryBeth had a life in Kansas, where she was an avid golfer, exchange student hostess, bluegrass festival-goer, dedicated employee at Stormont Vail Hospital, bread baker, Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan, and mother of only child Elizabeth White. MaryBeth met Mike Neill in Kansas, and they decided to make a life in New Bern, N.C.

In New Bern, MaryBeth was an avid sailor, racing with the Neuse Yacht Racing Association. She was a devoted member of her church, took regular trips with friends and husband, Mike Neill, and was a dedicated nurse. She served as the district lay speaker coordinator and then director of lay servant ministries for the Methodist church, and took her faith seriously. She was passionate in her every endeavor, and showed her husband, friends, and family that she loved them through her actions.

MaryBeth is survived by her husband, Mike Neill; mother, MaryJune Thompson; daughter, Elizabeth White; her son-in-law Elliott Nickell; Elizabeth’s father, Steve White; brothers, Mac and Spencer Thompson; sister Annette Patterson; nieces and nephews; and countless friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Clinton Thompson, and stepson Brian Neill.

A memorial service will at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New St, New Bern, NC 28560.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New St., New Bern, NC 28560. Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations.


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