Biography: Reflections on the Life of
Christine A. McNeil
It was a beautiful sunny day on May 24, 1994 when Christine Ajele’ McNeil entered the world at Bronx Lebanon Hospital to parents Tamara Gethers and Gregory McNeil. Named after her fraternal grandmother, she was immediately and affectionately called “Crissy”
Crissy was educated in the NYC Education System and the Catholic School System, attending St. Nicholas of Tolentine and graduating from Mott Hall High School and went on to attend Manhattan Community College.
Crissy grew up in the Marble Hill Development .Her neighbor, the late Audrey Jackson invited her to attend Sunday School one Sunday at her church, St. Stephen’s UMC. Crissy accepted Jesus Christ in her life and joined St. Stephen’s UMC in 2008 and became an active member during her early years. .She served as an Acolyte, Voices of Praise Choir, Sunday School and student of voice and piano lessons under the church’s Music Academy.
Crissy was a hard worker holding down two jobs which she loved. She enjoyed watching her favorite shows and was a fan of Disney, Tyler Perry and the Proud Family. She loved looking and dressing nice. Hair, Nails and those Eye Lashes.
With her contagious and beautiful smile she captured the heart of the love of her life, her fiancé, John Barnett. Together they travelled, dined and enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved and enjoyed her parents. Laughing and joking together in a friendly and polite spirit.
Crissy’s journey was not long but she left her mark and made many friends of all ages. She was blessed with a sense of
humor and shared the gift of laughter with everyone. Truly she was a gift from God.
On Friday February 7, 2020 Crissy’s mansion was completed and she entered into eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her
loving memory, her parents, Tamara and Gregory, fiancé John. Her grandmother, Beatrice Holmes, Shamyra, Imani. Her niece and nephews, Laiden, Laire, and Londyn. And a host of aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.
A limb has fallen from our Family Tree
We keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.
Remember the best time, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong."