Arleen Frances Neighbors

October 4, 1928July 14, 2018
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Arleen Frances (Boland) Neighbors of Bellevue, died July 14, at home. She was 89. Arleen was born to Vincent & Agnes Boland on Oct 4, 1928 in Platte SD. Her family moved to Washington when she was 14. She graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1946, where she lettered in Basketball. The day after graduation she took a bus into Seattle and found a job with Seattle First National Bank. While in high school she met the love of her life, Lawrence Jay Neighbors. They wed on June 10, 1950, and soon moved their young family to a new home in the Lake Hills addition of Bellevue.

Arleen & Larry were charter members of St. Louise Catholic Church & School where she was an active member of St. Anne’s Guild, Alter Society, PTA, and coached Girls Volleyball. Arleen began her career as Secretary of St. Louise School in 1966. She retired in 1995, after 29 memorable years.

Arleen enjoyed many varied activities. She was an expert seamstress, and a skilled cake decorator. She loved going to the Seattle Symphony, the Issaquah Village Theater, Seattle Mariners games, and she adored her favorite singer Bertie Higgins. She also enjoyed Jigsaw and word puzzles. Arleen was happiest when she was with her family. She was kind, compassionate, generous, with a sparkling personality, and witty sense of humor.

Arleen was pre-deceased by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, and her beloved husband Larry. Arleen is survived by her son, Kelly J. Neighbors (Vel), her daughters, Trina J. Rosin (Mark), of Longview, and Tami A. Neighbors of Bellevue, two grandsons, two grand-daughters and one great-granddaughter. Visitation will be Tuesday July 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Sunset Hills Chapel, with Rosary following. A mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday July 25, at St. Louise Catholic Church with a reception following in the Parish Hall. Burial will take place at 2:00 pm at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue.

In Lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Louise School Endowment Fund, Susan B. Komen Cancer Foundation, or a charity of choice.


  • Kelly Neighbors
  • Mark Rosin
  • Sean Dragseth
  • Ryan Neighbors
  • Cory Neighbors
  • Cris Neighbors
  • Paul Dragseth, Honorary
  • Rob Neighbors, Honorary
  • Tim Carstens, Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Arleen Frances Neighbors

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Jennifer Bryant

July 25, 2018

I have many fond memories of Aunt Arleen. Especially her bunny collection and how she always had to have a picture with my youngest daughter, Anne. She always remembered us on our birthdays and especially enjoyed her Christmas letters. When I was a young girl and she was the secretary at St. Louise school, I recall helping put supplies together for the school year starting and was the recipient of encouraging letters from students there when I made my First Communion. As a kid I could always count on her for McDonald's gift certificates and Lifesaver books for Christmas gifts. I was fortunate to be able to attend mass with her last year and will always remember our lively conversation at breakfast after. She will be dearly missed.

Nancy Ziegler

July 24, 2018

My beautiful sister-in-law, Arleen !!! I will miss you !! You were so influential in my life. I met you when I was 9 years old. You were my sister. You helped me to grow into a young woman. From buying my first bra to sending me on my first bus trip to Seattle ( first bus ride) to see my first movie at a beautiful Seattle Theater. I was thrilled but scared to death!!!
Many great memories of Christmas past, and cooking and baking good food.
Can't forget my first babysitting jobs, with my little nephew, Kelly!!! Now that was fun!!! I was 12 years old!!!!!
Arleen , you have touched so many with such a beautiful soul. Heaven is happier today!!!!
Hugs to my Beautiful" Neighbors" family, and to all who touched Arleen!! And all Arleen touched!!!

Nancy Marentette-Grigsby

July 23, 2018

Oh how I so remember Mrs. Neighbors with great fondness! I swear she knew every student's name at St. Louise and greeted any of us who walked into the office with a warm, friendly, welcoming smile. She is truly one of my happy St. Louise school-days memories. Heaven is a little brighter, a little warmer now that she's there. Thank you for sharing your mom with the rest of us "kids." My sincerest condolences.

Geney Cowgill

July 22, 2018

Arleen captured my ❤️ in 1974 when I walked into St. Louise to apply for a teaching position ; she has had it ever since . My memories of her could fill volumes and I have an abundance of handwritten notes from her. She never hesitated to let people know they were near and dear to her ❤️.
She was a lady personified and as my friend, Liz, said, “Her smile lit up the church .”
Amen to that!
I shall miss you dreadfully, my dear friend.
With love, Geney. & Paul too.