I'll be seeing you, in all the familiar places, that this heart of mine embraces, all day through, I'll find you, in the morning sun, and when the night is new, I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you.
  • 88 years old
  • Born on July 18, 1927 in Arkansas, United States.
  • Passed away on May 6, 2016 in Littleton, Colorado, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of my loved one...
Please keep in mind that I am her granddaughter and some of the facts of her life may have discrepencies. I did the best that I could with the facts that I obtained from my dad, my great-aunt, Francis, my aunts and uncles, and my own memories that I have as a little girl. I intended for this site to be a tribute to the women who raised me through elementary school and who loved me unconditionally. She deserved only the best! I welcome you to leave your precious memories in the "stories" section on here as well.

Sydney Marie MacNeil “Marie,” 88, of Littleton, Colorado passed away on May 6, 2016.

There are no memorial services planned at this time. She will eventually be laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery with her husband, Master Sergeant Thomas D. MacNeil II. Those arrangements are being made by her son, Richard Traisci, at an unknown future date.

Marie was born in Arkansas on July 18, 1927. Marie was married to Thomas D. MacNeil on August 18, 1956; they were married 60 years (15 years postumously) and they raised 8 wonderful children together.

Marie worked as a waitress at The Coach Light, The White Spot and Windsor Gardens all located in the Denver metro area for a number of years. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, playing Scrabble, shopping, sewing and socializing with her friends. She was also real “keen” on Rock Hudson and Tom Jones. 

Marie is survived by her grandchildren, Tony MacNeil, Melissa Ruelas, Brian and Ian MacNeil. (Her “fur” grandbabies, Lily and Ruger), Shane, Jamie and Jordan Burden, and Christine Pederson. Her children, Thomas “Doug” MacNeil III, Kevin MacNeil, Pam Bissell, Duncan MacNeil, Richard Traisci and Debra Pederson. Her sisters, Francis Cook and Irene Bell. She is also survived by 9 beautiful great grandchildren including, Wyatt MacNeil, Emma MacNeil, Hailee MacNeil and Dean Ruelas.

Marie is preceded in death by her husband, MSgt. Thomas D. MacNeil II, her son, Sean MacNeil, her daughter, Michelle Burden, her parents', John S. and Etta Bell, and her brothers', D.G and Ivan Bell.

We will remember her forever.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given in her name to the Air Force Aid Society at https:afas.org/memorials or donate by mail to:

Air Force Aid Society, Inc.

241 18th Street South Ste 202

Arlington, VA 22202


Posted by G B on May 7, 2017
Miss you so much Sydney Marie.
Posted by G B on October 30, 2016
The caregivers that provided care for Sydney Marie MacNeil for the last 2 years of her life are hosting a Service Of Remembrance, The service is to remember those who have passed, family members are welcome to attend and bring photo's. Thursday 11/10/16 from 7pm to 8:30pm at Horan and McConaty 1901 S Colorado Blvd Denver, Co 80211.Please RSVP by November 3, to Suncrest Hospice 720 941-5580
Posted by Debra MacNeil on May 14, 2016
I still remember stopping at the Coach Light (where she was working at the time) to show her her newborn grandson (Brian)....she took him in her arms and walked around the restaurant showing him off to everyone.....and I'll never forgot the time we were having lunch with her and as the waitress was taking our plates away "Syd" stopped her and asked, "are you going to throw that away?"....she was a stickler on not throwing food away.....a trait of that generation (my dad was that way too!).....and also, after "Mac" passed away, she stayed with us for several weeks. When she started hanging her bras on the halltree outside our main floor bathroom (where my piano students could see them!) I knew it was time for her to return to her own home.....all memories that make me smile.....
Posted by Debra Pederson on May 14, 2016
I love my Mother and I know she loves me. We are all grieving so things have been said or done to cause more hurt. For my part in that I am sorry. We were a family once but now it seems we are working against one another rather than grieve together. I know now I must let go and move forward. I feel isolated right now living so far away, but I know with time that WILL get better.
My apologies to the one that did reach out. I know you are grieving too. So if there is anything I am holding that you would like to have, to keep here memory alive, please let me know and I will do my best to get it to you. I can no longer reach out to try to mend these relationships.
It will very difficult to return to Denver knowing Mom will no longer be there. But I know I still have a brother and brother-in-law that still love me. And of course friends as well.
I will miss you dearly.
Posted by G B on May 12, 2016
Miss you girl! You were a wonderful woman and a great mother. Your sharp wit sassy attitude and contagious smile will never be forgotten.

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