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Birdine (Hamilton) Neal

March 1, 1921 ~ March 30, 2019 (age 98)

Birdine Neal, 98, of Belvidere and formerly of Mt. Vernon, died at 8:30 pm, Saturday March 30, 2019, at Alden Debes Center in Rockford.

She was born March 1, 1921, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Harry O. and Ina, Fred, Hamilton.

Birdine was first married to Richard Keelen. She later married Harley Neal on May 18, 1957. They lived for many years on their farm near Frisco. Harley died on August 19, 2005.

Mrs. Neal is survived by a son Steve and wife Judy Keelen of Belvidere: grandchildren Mike McLaren of Rockford, Natalie Elam and husband Kit of Mesa, Arizona, Nicholas Keelen of Chicago and great-grandchildren Kassandra and Chase McLaren of Roscoe, and Lachlan and Isla Elam of Mesa Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harley, her parents, her daughter Janet and husband Doug Vineyard, her brother Robert and wife Dorothy Hamilton, her sister Margaret and husband Lloyd Roberson, niece Marcella Fowler and nephew Russell Roberson.

She was a member of Frisco Missionary Baptist Church for many years. After moving to Mt Vernon, she joined the South Side Baptist church as a member there until her death.

The funeral will be 11:00 am Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Morton Johnston Funeral home in Benton. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Funeral service beginning at 11:00 am. The Reverend Eddie Paul Davis will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Frisco.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

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