Clearwater, FL, and New Sweden
- H. Elida Ericson McNeill, age 93, of Clearwater, Florida, passed away on February 24, 2017. She was born in New Sweden, Maine, on June 18, 1923, to Eric and Olga Norberg Ericson. She attended the Jemptland School in New Sweden, graduated from Caribou High School 1941, and completed training at the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Boston in 1949.
Elida was a career nurse at the New England Baptist Hospital for 31 years until her marriage to Rev. George McNeill in 1980. Elida and George lived during the summers at their cottage on Madawaska Lake and spent the winters in Clearwater, Florida. In her early years, Elida was an accomplished skier. She was active in various churches, including the New Sweden Baptist Church. Neighbors in her Clearwater mobile home park admired her robust activity and outgoing personality as an elder resident. She was deeply loved by friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents, her brother Elvin, and her sister-in-law Alice. She is survived by her nephews, Ronald and Russell Ericson, her step sons Robert and Ronald McNeill, her step nephew Arnold Sodergren, and a special grand nephew, Michael Ericson. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the New Sweden Cemetery in New Sweden, Maine.
Published on  March 1, 2017