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Grace Dean Neighbors

March 9, 1926February 18, 2021
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Mrs. Grace Dean Neighbors, age 94, of Montgomery passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Tallassee Health and Rehab. She was born March 9, 1926 in Parkdale, AL to George W. and Margaret Alice Giddens Dean. Grace was the ninth of 12 children born to the Deans and was the last surviving sibling. Grace graduated from Goodwater High School in 1943 and married Baxter Lynwood Neighbors on December 16 of that year. Following the conclusion of World War II, the couple settled in Montgomery where they added a daughter and then a son to their family. They later moved to Millbrook where their third child, a daughter was born. The family returned to Montgomery in 1962. Grace worked outside the home at Alabama Gas Company then later at Regions Bank from which she retired as an officer in 1986. She was active in the local chapter of the American Business Women Association and served a term as president. Grace was a dedicated member of Dalraida Baptist Church where she attended and volunteered for decades. Grace became a widow at the young age of 57 and remained devoted to her husband’s memory the remainder of her life. In retirement, Grace became an avid quilter and entered her quilts at the County and State Fairs winning highest honors on multiple occasions. She was a fiercely independent woman known for her excellent southern cooking, her quick wit and her boisterous laugh. Grace enjoyed Sunday school and Bible study, traveling with friends, Auburn football, planning and attending Dean and Neighbors family reunions, being Mimi to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and being Aunt Grace to many nieces and nephews. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her 11 siblings, her husband and her daughter-in-law, Ann Griffin Neighbors. She is survived by her three children and two sons-in-law: Linda Neighbors Diepenbrock and Tom Diepenbrock of Norman, OK, William Murray Neighbors of Auburn, and Traci Neighbors Fields and Bernie Fields of Montgomery. Grace is also survived by her eight grandchildren: Amy Wiggins Knight of Tulsa, OK, Christa Lyn Diepenbrock of Allen, TX, Leslie Dean Wiggins Christopher (Jason) of Norman,OK, Catherine Diepenbrock of Norman, OK, Rachel Diepenbrock of McKinney, TX, William Bradley Neighbors (Heather) of Mountain Brook, AL, Rachel Fields Cobb of Montgomery, and Rebecca Fields Nichols (Kyle) of Montgomery. Grace was blessed with 18 great-grandchildren who survive her with a nineteenth due to be born in April. A visitation is set for Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Leak Memory Chapel. A family graveside will conclude the services at 2:00 pm in Greenwood Cemetery. Online condolences for the Neighbors family may be shared at: www.Leak-MC.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Family Graveside Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Melissa Dean Traywick

February 26, 2021

Aunt Grace - so many memories of her and Uncle Lynwood. She reminded me so much of Grandma Dean..........in every way. She had no problem keeping us nieces and nephews "in line" but she was also kind and gracious, even though she always made a comment when she would see me put ketchup on my beans.

The Family

February 25, 2021

Paula Dean Atkerson

February 24, 2021

And so this is the final chapter to the George and Margaret Dean family of 14. Such a special group they all were . Much rejoicing in Heaven now that they are all together again. Much LOUD rejoicing as Deans are not a quiet lot!!
Aunt Grace and I shared many phone conversations in the month of March over the years Her birthday was the 9th and mine was the 10th. We always had to wish each other Happy Birthday and then of course gossip about everything from weather to hobbies.
One summer Pop came home, from one of his many vacations with the "Dean Gang", with an old pump organ which he brought over to me in Daytona from Aunt Grace. Uncle Linwood had bought it for her and refinished it and she gifted it to me knowing how much I loved old antiques. Yes I will always remember all those Aunts and Uncles and the fun and love shared at those Family reunions. Love to all. Great Memories of her and that wonderful family.

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Cherie Dean

February 24, 2021

Aunt Grace - A mighty force to be reckoned with. I remember a family reunion in which she was sitting on a sofa laughing about something I couldn't hear. As I walked through the room, she said "Young lady, you come right over here and sit down next to me!" I knew better than to ignore that request so I sat down. Since I live 3000 miles away and so didn't see her very often, she proceeded to question just about every aspect of my life because she wanted to know if I was "living right".

Aunt Grace talked with me that weekend about her memories of my father - her brother and held and patted my hand when I would dissolve into tears.

Blessed Be Dear Ones - You are the living legacy of that wonderful woman.

Linda Diepenbrock

February 24, 2021

Linda Diepenbrock

February 24, 2021

Linda Diepenbrock

February 24, 2021

Linda Diepenbrock

February 24, 2021

Connie Spearman Swanson

February 24, 2021

Traci, Linda, and Murray... There is not enough space or appropriate words to Reminisce and express my thoughts and feelings of our memories together in the last 56 years or so that our families have been friends. Thankfully we were raised at a time that our mothers helped each other correct and raise us and teach us the many valuable lessons life has in store. I came to appreciate her friendship more the older I got and I’m thankful that our families have been friends for so very long.May you cherish the good times understand the confusing times and find peace in the sweet memories of the past. We love you. Robin and Connie Swanson. Aka SPEARMANS

Vicky Smith-Davis

February 24, 2021

Linda, Murray and Traci,
My heart is sad as I read the sweet obituary celebrating your mother's life. She WAS a lady filled with spirit and fun. She was a dear and loyal friend to so many, especially my parents. I have beautiful and lasting memories of our years at Dalraida~ a special time for our family. The Neighbors were part of a circle of friends that made our lives filled with joy and love. The last time I saw your mother was the day she came to mother's home to pick up the antique ice box she purchased to go on her porch!!! What a fun time that was and I can still hear her laughter. Both your parents left you a rich legacy. Carry on now and find comfort in your memories. With much love, Vicky

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Mimi with the Fields Ladies

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Grace with Traci, Murray and Linda

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Grace and her girls