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Thelma M. Neveu, 100, of Beekmantown, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at her residence.
She was born in Mooers Forks, Aug. 4,1916, the daughter of Stephen and Nellie (Scriver) McAllister. She lived on Blackman Corners Road and attended the one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade.
Following her graduation from Mooers High School in 1933 as valedictorian, she entered the Champlain Valley School of nursing and graduated in 1937 with a nursing diploma. She spent 20 years in private-duty and staff nursing at hospitals in Albany and Plattsburgh. In 1956, at age 40, she graduated from Plattsburgh State Teachers College with B.S. and M.S. degrees in school nurse teaching. She spent 22 years as a school nurse teacher in the Plattsburgh School System, retiring in January 1979.
Baptized in 1937 as a Catholic convert, she has been a member of St. John's Church since 1940. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and participated in other church activities.
Thelma McAllister was married to Leon A. Neveu on June 25, 1940, in Our Lady of Victory Church by the Rev. Edward Rivette. In addition to her nursing career, she and Leon were involved in the family business, Rene Neveu and Son, a business on Sailly Avenue for more than 50-plus years. They spent their retirement years on Treadwells Bay.
Mrs. Neveu treasured her family and wide circle of friends. She had a spirited personality and enjoyed entertaining, sewing, gardening (especially her roses), reading, playing bridge, cooking, baking and listening to music.
She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the New York State United Teachers, Senior Citizens of Clinton County, AARP, Champlain Valley/Physicians Hospital Alumni Association, and the former Ladies of the Elks of Plattsburgh Lodge 621.
Mr. Neveu died April 27, 1999. Her only child, John Owen Neveu, died July 16, 2012, and his wife, Suellen Botsford, passed on April 10, 2017. She spent devoted years caring for her stricken sister, the late Leona Harris, and her late mother, Nellie Shelters. Also dying earlier were brothers Egbert McAllister of Lexington, Mass., and Wilmer McAllister of Plattsburgh; her stepfather, Royal Shelters of Mooers Forks; her sisters-in-law, Mariette Taylor of Seattle, Wash., and Margaret McAllister of Lexington, Mass.; and her step-niece, Carol O'Brien of Plattsburgh.
Survivors include her step-grandson and his family, Botsford and Misty Finnegan and Dylan Annis and Teagan Finnegan, all of Dacula, Ga. Her nieces and their husbands, Sylvia and Richard Morelli of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sandra and George David of Mapleton, Ill., and Renee Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; two nephews, Bill McAllister and his companion Sandra Breyette of Plattsburgh and Daniel Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; a step-niece, Evelyn Richards of Rock Hill, N.C.; and grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousin, including Robert and Sylvia Scriver of Mooers Forks. She also leaves behind many close friends, including, Pat Maynard, George and Jeannie Roberts, Mary Margaret Ireland, and Diane Passino.
Calling hours will be held on from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in St. John's Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of The North Country, 358 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh.
Special thanks goes to her devoted care givers who gave her quality of life and the opportunity to stay in her home and watch her much loved Lake Champlain and its goings on for this past difficult time: Jessica, Bianca, Bonnie, Diann, Pat, Brenda, Terri, Joyce, and Sharon and to all the staff at Hospice of the North Country.
To share a condolence, story, or photo with Thelma's family, please visit, www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
Published on July 2, 2017
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