Margie Elaine Page Neal was born November 20, 1946 to the late John A. and Mary M. (Walton) Page in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was the 2nd of 6 children, 4 of whom have proceeded her in death. Margie received most of her formal education in the Florida school system. At the age of 11, Margie met a lady by the name of Ms. Graham who would become very instrumental in her life. While in the course of attending high school due to circumstances, Margie had to leave and go to work full time to help support her family.
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In 1966 Margie married the love of her life Andrew Neal (deceased) and to this union seven beautiful children were born all uniquely special to her. Who affectionately refer to themselves as #’s 1, 2, 3,4,5,6, and 7.
In 1970 in search of something different Margie along with her husband and their three small children relocated to Boston, MA.
Margie was a “Jack of all trades”, as well as a Master of all. If it was something that needed to get done, Margie was sure to make it happen. Throughout life Margie has worked as a homemaker, in the healthcare industry, as a private caregiver for some of Boston’s prominent families giving care and affection to their elderly love ones as well as children, excellent cook, cosmetologist, seamstress, and political activist just to name a few. Whatever Margie put her hands to do, she did it with passion and affection.
In 1978 Margie’s life took a great turn, she was introduced to the way of holiness while attending Regent St. COGIC with her friend. The spirt of God moved upon her as never before, it was profound and frightening to her. She said when she came to herself and heard the pastor say, “catch her”, she began to run, saying in her mind “get me out of here”. After that experience Margie not knowing how to sing, but wanted to sing became a member of the Green Aggregation of Boston. This kept her in and around church and learning Gods word through the word of songs and hearing the preached gospel. While attending a revival at Little Zion COGIC Margie received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Not by chance or happenstance, but Gods plan, Margie met a man at Sunoco gas station in Mattapan, Ma, Elder Earl Grant, he noticed that she was in distress. After helping her, they began to talk about the goodness of the Lord and asked her the question about her salvation, and baptism, in Jesus name. After conversation, he invited her to noon day prayer at Rehoboth Bethel Apostolic Church, Inc. this was the beginning of her faith and salvation in Jesus name. She spoke in holy tongues again as the spirit gave her utterance. January 15th 1979 Margie rededicated her life and salvation and was baptized “In Jesus Name”
Margie became a bonafied member of Rehoboth under the leadership of late Bishop R.O Murray. The Bishop and her church family taught her holiness and righteousness. Margie loved the Lord and the word of God. She was a studious Sunday School student always yearning for the word of God. Although Margie had a limited reading level, she would say that the Lord taught her how to read. She was always encouraging others to get all that they could get out of life and one of her sayings was “Knowledge is Power”
In 1982 Margie applied to and was accepted to Bunker Hill Community College without a high school diploma, but due to life’s circumstances she was not able to continue. She did not allow this obstacle to stop her from obtaining what God had for her. As it would be befitting, in 1986 Margie while working days and going to school at night graduated from Women’s Inc. with her High School Diploma. She also went on to attend Bethel Bible School to enhance her biblical knowledge.
Margie became well known throughout Boston and many of its surrounding cities through her church work, community work and her occupations. Margie was known as the neighborhood Mom. It was nothing for Margie to wake up and in the spare of the moment decide that the neighborhood needed a block party or cookout. Her high energy for fun, laughter and love was something that she carried with her daily and you felt it daily. “What’s up Cletus!!!!” She enjoyed life. She was faced with many different obstacles and challenges, but they were put there only to make her climb higher and fight harder.
Margie’s ministry and love for Christ and the community led her to work with several other ministries throughout the City of Boston. It was when Margie attended Solid Rock Holiness Church under the tutelage of Apostle David L. Dupree she was named “Mother Margie Neal”. It was only befitting that this honor would be bestowed upon her. She was a nurturer, protector, leader, warrior, intercessor and so much more. To sit at the feet of Mother Neal and learn about life and the Lord was an honor. She kept it real with you, she never would sugar coat anything. She told you what was right and what the word of God said. She walked you through her life experiences and shared what lessons she learned. She remained humble and although she may not have liked it she took correction and learned to forgive. “Whoop there it is”
After some years in the vineyard, Mother Neal returned to her foundation, The New Rehoboth Bethel Apostolic Church Inc. under the leadership of Bishop Luther Washington. Mother Neal was a faithful and dedicated member doing whatever she found her hands to do. Mother Neal loved her leaders as well as her church family.
Wherever Mother Neal went, she was not ashamed of her salvation and commitment to the cause of Christ, even in her sickness, she would give all praises to God, as being his chosen vessel so that God would get the Glory. She continued to attend church and do her dance even when the doctors advised her not to. Her faith never wavered. You go to visit and encourage her and she would end up encouraging you. She fought until her very last breath. Before Mother Neal took her last earthly breath, a cold wind blew through her bedroom window. On Sunday February 2nd 2020, God in His infinite wisdom came down and touched His servant and told her job well done my daughter, you may now take your eternal rest.
Mother Neal leaves to cherish and carry on her legacy “7”. Marlita Brockington of Brockton, Ma, Benjamin Neal of Manchester, New Hampshire, Yolanda Harris, Andrew Neal, Raymond Neal, Mary Neal all of Boston, Ma and Michael Neal of Denver, CO. 22 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. 1 sister: Fredde Davis-Evans of Florida. 1 Goddaughter; Maliaka Lindsey, 2 Godsons; Burt Harris Jr, and TJ Washington. A special sister/friend who cared for and stuck with her through it all Mrs. Katie Lindsey. A loving daughter/landlord Tsige Bedada. A host of nieces, nephews, friends, church family and “special family” members.
Sleep on Ma and take your rest. You fought a good fight and you stayed the course. It’s hard to say see you later. “I Love You soooo much”.