Betty Lucille Neighbor

Betty Lucille Neighbor

Betty Lucille Neighbor


Betty Lucille Neighbor, 101, of Marion, Iowa, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Family will greet friends and family from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at the funeral home, with Pastor Dan Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Lafayette Cemetery in Alburnett, Iowa.

Betty was born on Aug. 10, 1921, in Linn County, south of Center Point, the daughter of Raymond Joe and Lottie (Hagerman) Oliphant. She was a graduate of Toddville High School. On June 21, 1941, Betty was united in marriage to Morris Neighbor in Kahoka, Mo. To this union, three sons were born, Kent, Douglas and Gene. Betty was a member of Alburnett Christian Church since 1952, where she served in the Women’s Christian Fellowship and was also a member of the Alburnett Ladies Book Club. She loved to read and had many books in her home library. Betty was a wonderful mother and a natural seamstress. She sewed many matching outfits for her boys. Betty was a Den Mother in Cub Scouts and helped with Bible School. For nearly 50 years, Betty and Morris enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz., where she was a member of Sunland Village Carving Club. Betty was a woman of many talents. She was a gifted artist, talented wood carver and painter. In her earlier years, Betty had also reupholstered furniture, wallpapered and painted all the rooms in their home. She enjoyed cooking chicken dinners for her family on Sundays. Betty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived and lovingly remembered by her three sons, Kent (Kay) Neighbor of Winthrop, Iowa, Douglas (Marva) Neighbor of Marion and Gene (Jeanie) Neighbor of Alburnett; 12 grandchildren, Sandra (Mark) Waring, Steve (Amy) Neighbor, Scott (Kristin) Neighbor, Eldon (Kathy) Neighbor, Konnie (Brent) Borrett, Mark (Stacey) Neighbor, Brad (Ana) Neighbor, Stephanie (Bryan) Neighbor-Kubik, Brent (Sara) Neighbor, Michael (Cortney) Neighbor, Jason (Renee) Neighbor and Todd (Carrie) Neighbor; 48 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Wall of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Liz” Oliphant of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 77 years, Morris Neighbor in 2019; three brothers, Paul Oliphant, Darius Oliphant and Wallace Oliphant; and one sister, Genevieve Dufoe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty’s memory may be directed to the Alburnett Christian Church.

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