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On July 9, 2015 God heard the sigh, I'm Tired" from the lips of his daughter, Cristina Miranda Neal who was affectionately known by all who knew and loved her as "Christine". Because of God's great love, tender mercy and compassion for her, he opened his arms and received unto himself where he released her from all earthy discomforts.

Cristina "Christine" Miranda Neal was born on April 23, 1931 in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines to Maximino Miranda and Roberta Atchero. She accepted Christ at an early age. Christine grew up, was educated, and graduated from Arellano High School in Manila, Philippines. As she grew older, she faced various life-learning experiences that she passed on to her children to develop a strong-minded, independent family. Her strong faith and love for the Catholic Ministry was worshiped throughout her life. It was evident by the many statues of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary placed throughout her home that she truly loved the Lord who always first in her life.

Christine met and married her loving husband of 57 years, Bobby Lee Neal, Sr. in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. Believing in her faith and the wisdom of her husband, Christine and Bobby later moved to San Francisco, California. Born to this union were three daughters and four sons.

Christine was a people person who truly spoke her mind. Her stern style, wisdom, compassion and understanding was truly unique in the way she loved and raised her family, as well as dealing with her community family. She was always willing and first to volunteer to help families in need, giving them food and clothing and sometimes taking from her own kitchen or closet. She was prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Christine would joke and laugh while coping with the seriousness of any situation. She loved life's challenges and in everything she did or participated in, she served faithfully. She focused on doing her best to make sure her family's needs and the community voices were heard and respected.

Besides raising her family, her passion was doing community work. For many years she served as President of San Francisco Alice Griffith Public Housing Tennant Association. During her reign as President , she was instrumental in initiating the Boys and Girls and Summer Food Program. Her involvement and dedication in numerous community projects earned her may recognitions from previous Mayors; Diane Feinstein, George Moscone, and Galvin Newsome, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, State Representative Barbara Boxer; acknowledgement of her leadership. She was small in stature but a dedicated hard worker who was very out spoken, and political-minded. She was never afraid to stand up to the local government to express the concerns of the Alice Griffith Tenants. The government and dignitaries heard her expressions and she accomplished many of the changes that created a better living environment for her family and the community neighborhood.

Christine had a fun side under her unyielding exterior. She would laugh and jest, then give you a wink and nudge. She also had a true belief that Elephants were lucky and always brought her good fortune. She loved wearing Elephant jewelry. Her motto was an "Elephant's Trunk must be Up so the luck could enter your life". If the trunk was down, it symbolized bad luck and she wouldn't wear it. One of her hidden secrets was "Dancing", yes Ballroom dancing. Not many knew that she loved to dance. She was very graceful and light on her feet. Dancing brought a smile to her face and happiness to her heart. Now Christine is Ballroom dancing for the Lord.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Tomas Miranda and sister, Betty Ramagise. She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memories are her loving husband, Bobby Lee Neal, Sr. of San Francisco, California; two sisters, Estela Centano, and Elena Mirra of Malibay Pasay City, Philippines; four sons, Bobby L., Jr. (Juanita), of American Canyon, California, John A. (Gwendolyn), of El Sobrante, California, Jimmy, (Yolly), Anchorage, Alaske and Earnest of San Francisco, California. Three daughters, Remedios Abao (Loriemen) of Pasa City, Philippines, Corazon Robinson of Silversprings, Maryland and Vivian A. 17Jones (Norwood R., Sr.) of San Bruno, California. She also leaves to cherish her memory, 17 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and precious friends.