In Memory

Carolyn E. Richardson (McNeill) (Music)


Carolyn E. McNeill (Miss Richardson)
Carolyn E. McNeill, 68, Madison, died Friday, October 11, 1996 after suffering from Lou Gehrig Disease. She was born June 28, 1928 in Wyoming Valley, the daughter of Alice and Harry Richardson. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1950, receiving a master's degree in music. She married Walter McNeill on June 5, 1953 and he preceded her in death on March 24, 1995. Carolyn taught music in Dodgeville, Mineral Point, Blanchardville and also privately. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Mineral Point, where she directed the music program until moving to Madison in 1990. After moving to Madison she was an active member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and was also a member of the M.A.P.T.A.
Survivors include one daughter, Laurie (Leslie) Mitchell, Janesville; one son, Bruce (Carol) McNeill, Madison; five grandchildren, Debra (Perry) Henke, Rachel, Ransom and Melody McNeill and Megan Mitchell; one great-granddaughter, Ericka Henke; one brother, Lester (Rosemary) Richardson, Durand, Illinois; and one sister, Harriet Coubrough, Wheatridge, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Philippa Schlabach.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 14 at the Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. David McRoberts officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery in Mineral Point. A memorial visitation was held Sunday, October 13 from 2-7 p.m. at the Cress Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church.


After having Mrs. Hildebrandt for a music teacher in First Grade (who was very strict, and not a lot of fun) we loved having Miss Richardson. She was our music teacher beginning in 2nd Grade and stayed for 3 or 4 years before Mrs. Watkins began teaching music in Dodgeville. Miss Richardson had a wonderful knack of having us learn fun songs and teaching us the basics of music reading. She would write a new tune on the blackboard for us to sing using music syllables, and after doing that successfully we would turn to the page in our music books to find the song. We could then sing it using the printed words. When Miss Richardson married Walter McNeill she stopped teaching in the Dodgeville Schools, but lived in the Mineral Point area and taught in the Mineral Point and Blanchardville schools