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Dashanna Kwakyewa Danquah McNeil, was born to Emmanuel Danquah and Belinda Graves on Friday, September 16, 1977 in Conway, South Carolina.
Dashanna, the second oldest child of four, was raised in Conway, South Carolina. She graduated from Conway High School, Class of 1995 and completed her LPN license from the Conway School of Practical Nursing Program that same year. Dashanna continued her education by completing the Registered Nursing Program at the University of South Carolina. She later completed a Masters in Nursing and a Masters in Public Health. In her early years, Dashanna worked as a traveling nurse throughout the country. Dashanna loved her job and enjoyed sharing her talents and leadership in healthcare in South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Tennessee, and California. She also worked as a Nursing Instructor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia. Most recently, Dashanna served as the Nurse Manager of Operations-NCA for Duke University System Hospitals managing hundreds of employees, in Durham North Carolina. Dashanna’s love and passion for healing encouraged her to start and incorporate the McNeil Healthcare Institute with the purpose of educating future certified nursing assistants. Although Dashanna was proud of her professional achievements, her greatest joy was her faith in God and her family. Dashanna married her college sweetheart, Philip McNeil, Jr., on November 8, 2009 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Three years later God blessed them with a wonderful baby boy; Kennedy Jamel McNeil. The three of them lived life to the fullest, taking trips, playing in the park and spending time with family and friends.
Dashanna had a very strong relationship with the Lord. As a member of Gethsemane Seventh-day Adventist Church in Raleigh, Dashanna enjoyed working with the youth. Dashanna would willingly offer her time for various ministries in the church and taught Sabbath school for many years. She also was a faithful supporter of children’s ministries at Gethsemane. In her spare time, Dashanna enjoyed shopping, and creating arts and crafts. Dashanna was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed creating vegan meals for family and friends. Friends requested her meals so much that she contemplated creating a website and YouTube channel for her cuisine in the future. She also spent time sewing African attire and accessories. Dashanna loved listening to the old gospel hymns and watching sitcoms such as Sanford and Son, Good Times, What’s Happening, and Gimme A Break to name a few.
Dashanna is survived by her husband, Philip J. McNeil, Jr.; son, Kennedy J. McNeil; three siblings, Terrance Mishoe, Sabrina Danquah, Tiffany Cotton; three nephews, Terrance Jr., Tiason, Aramani; three nieces, Braxton, Vanessa, and Camille; father, Emmanuel Danquah; mother, Belinda Graves (Jimmie) ; in-laws, Philip J. McNeil, Sr. (Betty), sister-in-law, Melissa Davis (Shiraz), brother-in-law, Jonathan McNeil (Carlene), grandmother-in-law, Susanna Hines, grandmother-in-law, Mary K. McNeil; great aunts and uncles, uncles and aunts, cousins, and host of friends and co-workers who celebrate a life that was filled with purpose, poise, and humility.
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