Mary Neill

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Mary Neill

Honoured by: Jane Neill Good

Find a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck. To my mom, Mary Neill, life was about pennies and smiles, luck and learning. To me, she was the brightest penny who brought luck to my life and helped me understand it. By sharing her energy, kindness, time and talents with her family and friends, mom made a wonderful difference. She would help us tackle anything to make our own luck, and always seemed to know when we were ready for help. With her smile, she could ease our fears, offer hope, inspire patience and infuse optimism. Also, as a nurse and a stewardess (one of the first in Canada) and as a volunteer with countless communities, she changed others’ lives. Her smile would light up a room and lighten any load. Mom was a shining example of continuous learning. As an adult, she enrolled in university courses and also took lessons in typing, computing, playing the organ, knitting and painting. She was an active member of fitness clubs and dance groups. She was a talented seamstress and cookie maker, accomplished curler, pleasant bridge partner and avid golfer; and with terrific persistence, she overcame her own fears and learned to swim and dive. About the only thing she didn’t learn to do was whistle—I think her smile got in the way.