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Remembering Earlene

This site was created in memory of our Earlene Modkins. Our loving mother, grandmother and sister.


Born in Vance, Mississippi

MAY 12, 1941

Earlene McNeal Modkins began her life's journey on May 12, 1941, to Joe Willie McNeal Sr. and Alice McNeal in Vance, Mississippi.

Earlene attended Champaign Central High School and was a member of Salem Baptist Church.  She led the life of a military spouse and retired after 30-plus years as a nurse’s assistant. She enjoyed watching sports, soap operas, playing cards, and most of all, playing bingo. She had a free spirit, was sweet, and kind-hearted.  

Sunset came for Earlene on February 1, 2022, at Adventist Health & Rideout Hospital in Marysville, California.

She leaves to cherish her fond memories to her children: Rod Modkins (Dwan), Stephanie Modkins, Ruby Modkins-Davis (Paul), Ronald Modkins (Damita Jeffries), and Roy Modkins (Jessica Garrett); 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings: Alice (Harold) Dixon of Kansas City, Kansas; Shirley Osler of Champaign, Illinois; Alice McNeal of Atlanta, Georgia; Emmie Jackson of Champaign, Illinois; Joe McNeal of Champaign, Illinois; and Tina (Phillip) March of Champaign, Illinois.

Earlene was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Alice McNeal; sisters, Ruby Cooper, Bernice McNeal, twins - Candra McNeal Rowe and Sandra McNeal, and one brother, Willie E. McNeal.

Earlene will truly be missed as she was a blessing to those that knew her.

So, we say, “Good night, Earlene; we love you a teaspoon full.”


May 18, 2022  

10:30 am 

Lincoln Memorial Gardens

1803 N. Coler Avenue | Space 217

Urbana, Il 61801

Her Life


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