Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
June 11, 2013 11:54 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Philinda Kay “Linny” (Ewing) McNeill, 62, of Hyatt Road, Mount Vernon, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

She was born June 11, 1950, in Cambridge, Ohio, to the late Paul Doak and Mildred J. (Smit) Ewing Jr. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1973, with a degree in Physical Education and Health. Following graduation she taught physical education and health at Danville High School; and later taught science at Licking County Joint Vocational School in Newark, also substitute teaching there for a number of years. Later, Linny worked 19 years for Lenkei Brothers Cabinets in Mount Vernon and Benchmark Cabinets in Fredericktown, Ohio, until her retirement in 2010. She was an active member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church where she was Publicity Chairman for the WOW (Woman of Witness), a publication of women’s news and information. She authored “Hidden Talents,” a monthly biographical feature on church women with remarkable careers, interesting lives and unique talents.

While in high school, Linny was active in the 4-H Saddle Club of Guernsey County, Ohio, showed quarter horses in youth classes, and earned various youth and amateur awards. She eventually won many all-around amateur trophies from both the Ohio and American Quarter Horse Associations. Awards include placing at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, and becoming the 1979 Amateur Western Pleasure Champion at the annual Ohio Quarter Horse Association Show. Since her father’s death she had enjoyed owning part of her family farm, purchased by her grandfather in 1923, and where she could often be found enjoying nature and maintaining the property.

Active and adventuresome until recently, McNeill’s interests ranged from white water rafting, parasailing and zip lining, to motorcycling and power lifting. She was a member of the Mid-Ohio Harley Owner’s Group, and rode with them last year to the Ozark Mountains, a highlight of her summer of 2012. In 2006, she became interested in the sport of power lifting. By 2009, at York, Pa., she had set the IPA International Power Lifting Association World Record Deadlift at 220 pounds for her 55-59 age division.

She was also a member of the International Management Council, an affiliation of the YMCA, and held several offices during her tenure including Marketing V.P. Also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, she taught HIV/AIDS awareness and education for the Red Cross through community public presentations. She was also involved with Big Brother and Big Sister programs. McNeill had an enthusiasm for entertaining and is remembered for hosting an all girls’ party, picnic and bonfire every summer at the McNeill home on Hyatt Road.

She is survived by her husband, James “Geno” McNeill Jr.; a brother, Doak M. (Cheryl) Ewing of Naperville, Ill.; twin sisters, Anita (Howard) Montgomery of Findlay and Carol (Steve) Zellner of Currituck, N.C.; as well as two nephews and two nieces, Kendal (Gwen) Montgomery, Stephen (Kristie) Zellner, Alicia Montgomery and Tiffany (Kyle) Harris.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Rev. Denise Marikis will be officiating. A graveside service will follow Saturday at 2 p.m. in Northwood Cemetery in Cambridge, Ohio.

Memorial contributions in Linny’s name may be made to New Directions or Hospice of Knox County. To view this obituary or send the family a private condolence, visit

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