Neva McNeil Paschal

1923 ~ 2023

Neva McNeil Paschal, 99, passed away quietly on March 4, 2023. Neva was born December 1, 1923, in Woodland, Utah to parents Amos Levi McNeil and Lillian Jones McNeil. Having lost her father at only two years old, she spent her youth with her best friends—her mother, and sisters: Erma and Amy (Bun), who gave her the nickname Bub. Their tight-knit, playful family was bolstered by the love of her grandmother, Annie Marie, and many aunts and uncles, particularly Thomas Adelbert (Dellie) and Earl (Earlie) Jones. Though she and her family suffered through poverty, they were hardworking, loyal, and served endlessly. Neva exemplified these traits until the very day she passed.

Neva met her future husband, Herbert Morton Paschal, at the Army Depot in Kearns, Utah where she worked as a clerk, and he was enlisted. They would often go on dates to drink a Coke with a bag of peanuts. They married in Nashville, Tennessee on December 1, 1944. Their first daughter, Karen Sue, was born in Kearns, Utah. They moved to Nashville, Tennessee where their second daughter, Patricia Ann, was born. Their family moved to Salt Lake City in 1954, and she remained there for the rest of her life.

Neva was both a consummate lady and a feisty force of nature. She often said she came from a long line of hardworking women, that she had a strong back and capable hands, and she could make her own way in this world.

Neva loved flowers, enjoyed gardening, and was dedicated to keeping up her yard. She could often be seen sweeping the curbs and gutters, and even trimmed the grass with a pair of gardening shears just to make sure it was tidy. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, friends, and loved ones.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Neva’s greatest love was her family. She worked tirelessly to ensure not just that their needs were met, but they could enjoy opportunities she couldn’t in her youth. Neva’s generosity was boundless. To her family she gave everything she had. She comforted, nursed, served, and set aside her own needs to provide and nurture others. Neva never let a birthday or holiday go unacknowledged. Her life was spent in service. Her heart was golden with love.

Neva is survived by her daughters, Karen Sue (Rod); Patricia Ann (Craig); 15 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by so many of those whom she loved, and was welcomed back into their arms with joy, laughter, and rejoicing. Her reunion is sweet and as we honor and celebrate her life, our happiness for her is everlasting.

Our family wishes to extend our gratitude for Neva’s friends and neighbors for their countless acts of service, and their friendship and love.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 10, 2023, at Larkin Sunset Lawn (2350 east 1300 south, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108). There will be a viewing from 10:00 to 10:45 AM prior to the service.

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We loved your mom so much,although it is so hard to lose her we know that she is so happy to be back with her best friend and sister who we know she missed so much since her passing last year. We send our love Denny,Patty Melanie Ryan Brandon, Mark and Andy.

- Denny and Patty eckert

We know how much you all loved and adored this sweet lady. So very sorry for the heartbreaking loss. Love and prayers coming your way! Amy and Thad Waddoups

- Amy Plott Waddoups

Grandma, you are the greatest love of my life. If I am good, it is because you are good. If I have shown kindness, it is by your hand. If I have loved, it is still incomparable to the love you gave me. I am nothing without you. I am forever adrift without you by my side. Thank you for my life. You are my first memory. You are my most treasured memories. If there is a life after this, I hope you will be the one to greet me--even if I don't make it to God's sacred hall with you. I love you--you know that. I love you--you know that.
I carry you in my heart until next we meet.
Your Laurie

- Laura Taggart

Your Mom was a wonderful person. She lived a long interesting life. Sorry for your loss. I remember how much fun we had on our trip to Egypt. Kathy.

- Austin and Kathy

My sweetest friend, my ❤️ heart is feeling sadness to hear of your departure to the next step onto the eternal path til the resurrection. You are an example of hard work, I remember you sweeping at Paschal St., often with a little child which you tended with a broom or rake in their little hands helping you.
You have been a cherished frien for so many years, we called each other friends of understanding having similar challenges.
Even into your nineties you were always so beautiful and tastefully dressed with lovely jewelry on.
I will miss you and your strong and tender presence.
May your family be blessed at their time of grief, you will truly be missed.
With love,
Sister Darlene Pedersen

- Darlene Pedersen