OBITUARY

Carol Sue Neale

December 21, 1938February 19, 2019
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Carol Sue Higgins Neale, born December 21, 1938 in Orange, Virginia and died February 19,, 2019 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, after battling pneumonia complicated by a blood disorder. Sue was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and soon-to-be grandmother, and had a broad network of friends from her many years of community involvement and public service in Westchester County. Sue lived in Scarsdale, around the corner from Edgewood School, for over 40 years. She attended Radford College in Radford, Virginia and finished her degree at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Sue began her career in Washington DC working in the Justice Department from 1961 - 1965, and the West Wing of the White House in the final years of the Lyndon Johnson administration. In 1969 she moved to New York City to work for the Wagner Commission on local government, and soon after met her husband Henry to whom she was married for 47 years. After leaving the workforce to raise her children, she returned to public service and spent the final decade of her career managing the office of New York State Assemblywoman Audrey Hochberg. She was forever giving back to her community and was involved in many volunteer organizations and local political groups, including 25 years of service for the Scarsdale and Westchester public libraries. Although Sue grew up in the country and always had an affinity for rural life, New York was her adopted city, and she was constantly drawn to its arts and culture. Sue loved playing mah jongg, spending time at her country home in the Hudson Valley, the NY Times crossword puzzle, and participation in her book club for over 30 years. Sue was smart, funny, and always had an opinion to share. She is survived by her husband Henry, her son David, her daughter Laura, and five brothers and sisters. Friends will be received at Bennett Funeral in Scarsdale on Friday the 22nd from 4:00 PM – 8:00PM, and a service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale at 11:00AM Saturday the 23rd. All who knew Sue are encouraged and welcomed to attend. She loved us all and we miss her so.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 23, 2019
REMEMBERING

Carol Sue Neale

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Conway Faulconer

February 25, 2019

Sue was one of my father's dearest friends and hence became one of mine. The races will never be the same with out our southern New Yorker.
I am so thankful for all my great memorys of such a great lady who always told it like it was.

Pearl Blair Harrell

February 21, 2019

Some of us have known Sue since our freshman year at Radford in 1957; for many, that is longer than we've known our own spouses. With that said, from the first meeting, we, all of us , green, naive freshmen, have loved Sue for all that she was to us, a unique, unpretentious individual, a true friend who loved reading, learning, having "girl" fun, while challenging herself and us along the way. Sue was always true to herself and her beliefs. I will so miss our special Sue, who made my life have different meaning. Sue's absence will be a huge chasm for many of us.

Gerry Stone

February 21, 2019

What a wonderful life you had, Sue! From those early years at Radford College through your many life experiences, including our annual Radford Girls' Week-ends, you truly were one-of-a-kind! You did it all: loved your family and friends, traveled the world, gave generously to your community and country and shared your "Joy of Life" with all.
You left us much too soon.
We will all miss you, dear friend.
Gerry Stone

June Fox

February 20, 2019

Sue was a vibrant woman with a strong moral code, a deep social conscience, tons of thoughtful opinions, and a quick sense of humor. In addition to our lively Mah Jongg games and the occasional political activity or cultural outing together, my husband and I spent two lovely weekends with Sue and Henry at their beloved “Red House.” Our hearts go out to the family she loved so dearly, and our hearts are breaking along with yours. Sue was truly one-of-a-kind, and she will never be forgotten by anyone who knew her. She will live in our hearts for the rest of our days.

Morein Gordon

February 20, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of our friend Sue, a talented, erudite and very interesting woman . She was generous, tireless in supporting worthy causes and people she believed in, as well as being a welcoming host and providing our group with delightful homemade treats and lively, humorous conversation for our weekly mahjongg game. She will be sorely missed, and may she rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to her entire family and her many friends.

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