Jo Ann McNeil

July 27th, 2016

Jo Ann McNeil (Carroll), a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 26, 2016, following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.  She was 52 years old.

Jo Ann was born on October 17, 1963 in Lowell, MA. She was the cherished daughter of Grace (Duggan) and the late Kenneth Carroll.  Jo Ann was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1981.

Jo Ann married her best friend, Lance McNeil, on December 3, 1988 and together they raised three beautiful children: Debra, Ryan, and Kathryn.  She loved being a mother and was very proud of her children and their many accomplishments.  Jo Ann looked forward to spending time with her family and their dogs. She enjoyed taking pictures, hiking, and skiing in North Conway.  Jo Ann, Lance, and their three children loved to travel. They took trips across the United States and internationally, and loved every experience.

Jo Ann was very close with both her parents. She enjoyed car rides with her dad, especially the one in which they picked up her wedding dress in her cherished corvette.  She could always count on her mom to be there for her whenever she needed, even in college when they took night classes together.  Jo Ann loved to entertain at her home, for family and friends alike.  She was the ultimate hostess and made everyone feel welcomed.  Jo Ann will be fondly remembered as a wonderful person. She was loving, giving, and kind, and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jo Ann was the beloved wife of Lance McNeil, devoted mother of Debra, Ryan, and Kathryn McNeil all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Grace (Duggan) Carroll and the late Kenneth Carroll of Wilmington.  Dear sister of Cheryl Carroll of New Hampshire and Kenneth Carroll and his wife Kathleen of Wilmington. Loving Aunt of Annemarie, Matt, Jim, Pat, Maggie, Amanda, Chris, Stephen, Taylor, and great-niece Sierra. Daughter-in-law of Harvey and Doreen McNeil of Wilmington, sister-in-law of Paul & Sheila McNeil, Cheryl Briere, and Mark & Susan McNeil.  Jo Ann is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 30th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jo Ann’s name may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P. O. Box 414238, Boston, MA  02241-4238.


25 Entries in Guest Book for “Jo Ann McNeil”

  1. John Peters says:

    From the Peters family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  2. Jennifer Rouse says:

    Thinking of you all.

  3. Karen (Tutela) Grondine says:

    Dear Cheryl and Family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Love Always, Karen

  4. Dawn, Rich, Siobhan and Veronica Reidy says:

    We are deeply sorry for your family’s loss. Our thoughts are with all of you.

  5. Miguel Cuesta says:

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  6. Bob and Norma Duggan says:

    So Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you . Bob and Norma Duggan

  7. Bud and Donna Stanley says:

    Grace and family, Bud and I are so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories.

  8. Tom Natola says:


    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Thinking about you in your time of sorrow. Try to stay strong and (as hard as it may be) try to keep the faith.

  9. Michelle (Micalizzi) Hooper says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Patricia A. Elder says:

    Lance &Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May Jo Ann rest in peace always.

    Tricia Elder & Family

  11. Lucas family says:

    Are heart breaks for all of you ,my prayers and thoughts are with you all

  12. The Manning Family (friends of Cheryl ) says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family, Cheryl.

  13. Susan White says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my heartfelt sympathies to the all.

  14. Kathy & John Boyle says:

    My wife Kathy (Melvin) and I were so saddened by the news of Jo Ann’s passing. Our sincerest sympathies go out to all her family and friends.
    Kathy & John Boyle

  15. Frank West says:

    To the McNeil and Carroll families- I am saddened to hear of Joanne’s passing. I remember her from High School when we were in a class together. She was a good person. I offer my deepest sympathy to her family.

  16. Larry & Kelly(Duggan) LeBlanc says:

    Lance, Gracie, Cheryl & family

    Our sincere condolences for your loss. Very saddened to hear of Jo Ann’s passing. Prayers to all

  17. Costello Family says:

    An Angel in heaven too soon. McNeil and Carroll family we are very sorry
    for your loss. Joanne will be greatly missed by all. Her presence at family get together’s was always something we looked forward to. Her softness and kindness radiated throughout the room. Our prayers are with you all.

  18. Gail Mellino says:

    Gracie, Cheryl, Lance and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Jo Ann’s passing. I have a lot of nice memories of Jo Ann growing up, as a neighbor and a classmate. She was always so sweet, and so happy. My heart just breaks for all of you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Gail Mellino Williamson

  19. Frank Duggan says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. May the love of those around you, help you through the difficult days ahead. With heartfelt condolences.

    Peace, prayers and blessings.

  20. Jan ross says:

    Dear Cheryl, to you and your family, my deepest sympathy, prayers and healing of the heart.

  21. Trevisani family and Linda abate says:

    Lance, Debra, Katie and ryan and entire family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Joanne was such a nice person. Her presence will be very missed in the neighborhood.

  22. Lori Gaudreau and family says:

    I am just so sad for all of us – JoAnn touched so many lives, she was such a wonderful, kind, loving woman – I’m so glad we were friends – I will miss her terribly -

  23. Mary Reynolds says:

    My deepest sympathies for both the Carroll and McNeil families. I feel so blessed to have known JoAnn in my childhood and have many treasured memories.

  24. Laurie Elmstrom says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to Lance and the Carroll and McNeil families. I too have many happy childhood memories growing up with JoAnn; riding horses, birthday parties and just hanging out. She was always smiling! God Bless, Rest in Peace JoAnn

    Laurie Elmstrom Nelson

  25. Heidi (Wiberg) Hastings says:

    To Lance & families -I was so saddened to hear this news. You and your children have my deepest sympathies. Thinking of you.

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