Cecil Ray Hutchison Neill, 79, of Louisville, Ky., died peacefully Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at home in Louisville.
She was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Centreville, Miss., to Paul and Ola Hutchison.
After graduating from Centreville High School, she attended Mississippi College for Women for one year, before marrying George “Buddy” Neill in 1952. They lived in Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky, before retiring to Port Charlotte, Fla.
Cecil completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics at Spalding College in 1973, and a Master of Education degree from Spalding in 1976. She taught at Fern Creek and Beuchel Metropolitan High Schools in the Jefferson County Public School System from 1973 until 1994. During her teaching career, she authored several textbook chapters and helped rewrite Kentucky State curricular guidelines in home economics. She also co-owned Derby Silks, a custom dress-making company started with friends.
Cecil was an active member of Middletown United Methodist Church, serving in multiple volunteer positions, culminating in her role as building committee chair for construction of the current church building in 1992. Her voracious appetite for reading led to years of involvement as a board member and secretary of the Friends of the Mid-County Regional Library of Port Charlotte, work for which she received a Presidential Call to Service Award.
She is survived by her sister, Frances Dean of Houston, Texas; her five children, Susan Ulrich, Kathryn Neill and Mike (Lynn) Neill, all of Louisville, George (Carol) Neill of LaCrosse, Wis., and Richard (Elaine) Neill of Narberth, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Cecil was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Hutchison Jr. of Monterey, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Middletown United Methodist Church, with visitation beforehand in the church connection center starting at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Centreville. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be directed in Cecil’s name to: Friends of the Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or Middletown United Methodist Church — Building Fund, 11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243.