Shirley Rose McNeal, “Waabishkizi” meaning “White Lady”, 68, of Red Lake Minnesota journeyed to the spirit world on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 from her home. She was born May 8th, 1951 in Red Lake, MN, the daughter of Ina Mae (Cook) and Herbert McNeal.
Shirley attended school in Minneapolis and graduated from North High in 1969. She later moved back to Red Lake and was employed at the area Bemidji BIA and later for the Red Lake Indian Action Program. Most recently, Shirley worked at New Beginnings; where she was still a part time employee.
She was a very caring person, who help anyone with whatever she could, whenever she could. Shirley will be missed greatly by everyone. She enjoyed being with family, especially her nieces and nephews, whom she loved so much. Shirley enjoyed teasing people and loved to tell people off. She also enjoyed going to the casino, taking rides wherever and just being “loveable Shirley.”
Those she joins are her mom and dad, Herbert and Ina Mae McNeal; nephew, Mikey; grandparents, Teddi and Ida Cook and Leon and Jane McNeal; great nephew, Dominic Norris; uncles, Hank, Billy and Donald Cook, Donald, Dennis, Jimmy and Bobby McNeal; aunts, Vi Donnell, Amelia Carson, Roberta Crowe, Barbara Cook, Delphine Hoy and Darlene Huggett; cousins, Mushy Spears, Diane Cook, Carla Brun, Joey Pelchat, Darren Cook, Donnie and Lisa Cook, Cheryl Huggett and Kathleen Rodriguez.
She leaves behind her sisters, Janice (Toady) Thunder and Karen (Eli) Ramirez; brothers, Harlan, Bill, Bobby and Ron McNeal and Don (Michelle) Langer; nephews, Robert and Joey McNeal, whom she helped raise, Zach McNeal, whom she was caring for along with her nieces Amber and Diane McNeal; other nephews, Ron and Randy Thunder and Ben Langer; nieces, Kelly Thunder, Laura Dorn, Sarah Spande, and Kauri McNeal; uncle, Fabian Cook; aunts, Mary Ellen (Cook) Stillday, Elaine Blanchard and Sammi Jo Braddock; her fur babies, Daisy Mae and her black beauty Jake.
Wake services for Shirley will begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14th and continue until her 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, September 16th all to be held at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN. Father Jerry Rogers will officiate. Pallbearers for Shirley are Ron Thunder, Randy Thunder, Robbie McNeal, Joey McNeal, Ben Langer, Eddy Fairbanks, Sr., Rod Spears, Jr., Sheldon Cook, Sr., Doug Cook, Kevin Cook, Jr., Nick Cook-Roy, Sheldon Cook, Jr., Verdell Cook, Cody Cook, Craig Cook, Clayton Cook, Richard Cook, Teddi Crowe, Leo Cook, Mike Crowe, Riley Chaboyea, Lydell DeFoe-Cook, K.J. Needham and Devin Neadeau. Her honorary pallbearers are Sienna Russell, Drake Russell, Kelly Thunder, Kauri McNeal, Jadyn Norris, Amber McNeal, Diane McNeal, Edna Staples, Shannon Cook, Karen White, Wendell Cook, Kevin Cook, Sr., Jan Murray, Sharon Brown, Irene Wiese, Jay Rosebear, Colleen Cook, Kayla Cook, Jan Drouillard, Clarence Drouillard, Shayne Shiever, Joel Shiever, Wendi Fairbanks, Vestanna Cook, Eli Ramirez, Toady Thunder, Lorraine Chaboyea, Donna Brun, Amy Benais, Kristi Fairbanks, Kimberly Cook, Kelly Brunelle, Sharon Cook, Amanda Jourdain, Ashlyn Charnoski, Ange Charnoski, Starlee Oakgrove, Herman Donnell, Jean Donnell, Georgianna Spears, Brenda Kornezos, Betty Brown and Justyce Lussier. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake.
Shirley’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com