Alma McAteer Neal LANCASTER - Mrs. Alma McAteer "Granny" Neal, 82, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Lancaster County, the daughter of the late Caldwell McAteer and Edna Pardue McAteer and the wife of the late Herbert Arthur Neal. Mrs. Neal retired from Springs Industries after 40 years of service. She was an active member of Zion United Methodist Church and a member of the Garden Club and the 49ers. She was known by many as "Granny," a lady who adored her family and friends. Alma is survived by a daughter, Teresa Evans and her husband, Kelly; a son, Jimmy Neal and his wife, Karen; two granddaughters, Meredith Steen and her husband, Tim and Keli Lathan Thomas and her husband, Shawn; and two great-granddaughters, Hannah and Ali Steen. Alma was one of five children and is survived by a brother, Luther McAteer and two sisters, Barbara Catoe and Della McManus. Alma was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Caldwell McAteer; her husband, Herbert "Hub" Neal; a son, Tony Neal; and a sister, Janie Thomas. The Celebration of Life Funeral Service for Mrs. Neal will be 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Zion United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Mike Burgess and Mr. Rob Wood. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Burgess Funeral Home, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster and suggest memorial contributions be made to Zion United Methodist Church, Tony Neal Scholarship Fund, Children's Ministries at Zion or the General Fund. An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com. Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory of Lancaster is caring for the family of Mrs. Neal.
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Published in The Herald on May 1, 2014