Clarance Edwin Neighbors was born in Wasco, Calif., on the 6th of November, 1924, and passed away January 25, 2012.
The loving husband of Neilya, and proud father of Barbara Anne Neighbors Deal, and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. His family was his greatest treasure. Clarance joined his deceased parents Amos and Nora Neighbors, elder brother Herman, younger brother John, niece Patricia Murray and nephew David Neighbors.
A veteran of World War II, Clarance quit high school his senior year, the day after Pearl Harbor, to join the U.S. Navy. After boot camp they marched to the docks and boarded the tanker A.O.#25, the USS Sabine. They sailed the South Pacific Ocean and fueled the fleet: battleships, aircraft carriers, destroyers, and cruisers.
Clarance was in Tokyo Bay, Japan, when the war ended. His enlistment was up, so the Navy sent him home to San Pedro on a destroyer.
As a civilian he joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department as a Fireman, and retired as an Engineer. After 27 years on the Department, Clarance and Neilya decided that was long enough, so they sold their home in San Pedro, put possessions in storage, traveled north and fell in love with Crescent City, in June 1973.
Clarance was survived for just 14 weeks by Neilya, his bride of 66 years. He is survived by daughter Barbara and her husband Bob Deal of Crescent City, and the Neighbors’ sisters-in-law, Mary and Irmgard.
Neilya Marsh Sharon Neighbors, 1924 – 2012
Neilya Marsh Sharon Neighbors, 86, of Crescent City passed away on May 8, 2012, of natural causes.
Neilya was born in Kincaid, Kan., to Neil Marsh Sharon and Audrey Bernice Van Sickle Sharon. A native of Kansas, after her second birthday the family moved to Kansas City, Mo. She graduated from Central High School and was a secretary for her father’s firm, National Air Conditioning and Engineering Company. Neilya later worked for Western Union Telegraph Company as a teletype operator. In 1943 there were many telegrams that began with “The President of the United States regrets to inform you that your son is missing in action, or died in action, or captured as a prisoner of war.” Western Union transferred her to the Los Angeles office when the war was over.
Neilya married Clarance E. Neighbors on the 20th of July, 1946, in Las Vegas, Nev. As a homemaker and mother, she volunteered to work for her favorite charities — the March of Dimes and the Girl Scouts. She was a member of the United Methodist Church for 72 years in Missouri and California.
Survivors include her daughter Barbara and husband Bob Deal of Crescent City; sister Betty Jean and husband Frank Tate of Lawrenceville, Ga.; brother Fred Rodick of Lebanon, Okla.; Robert Rodick of Littleton, Colo.; Richard and wife Betty Rodick of Miami Beach, Fla., aunt Zada and the six Sharon kids (nieces and nephews) and their families.
Neilya was preceded in death by her beloved husband Clarance, in January.
Barbara and Bob thank the many professionals who made Clarance’s and Neilya’s last days rich in warmth and caring, comfortable, safe, and pain free, including their long-time physician Matthew Blundell and all the staff at CCIM, Sutter Coast Hospital and Home Health Care, CCNRC, and the wonderful Addie Meedom House staff, who cared for them with great love and support in their last weeks.
A Celebration of Life service for Neilya and Clarance will be held at the United Methodist Church on Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. Immediately following services family and friends are invited for fellowship in the social hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.
— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel