Lottie Louise Neighbors, 85, of Parsons passed away at 1:02 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Labette Health.
She was born on Nov. 27, 1926, at Columbus City Hospital to Bruce and Stella Marie (Poynter) Pyne. Lottie graduated from Columbus High School in 1944 and from Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University) in 1949. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
On completion of her education, she moved to Denver to live and work, but eventually returned to Parsons and taught at Lincoln grade school. She thoroughly enjoyed being a teacher and talked of her students and that time in her life fondly.
She married Bill Neighbors at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on June 7, 1953. They were married for 50 years. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2003.
Together they owned and operated Neighbors TV at 3012 Main for over 25 years, and in later years opened Lottie's Antiques in Oswego, which she closed upon his passing. She was an avid antique collector and considered an expert by many.
She is survived by her son, Bill Neighbors and his wife, Julie, of Oswego, her daughter, Debbie Butler and her husband, Rick, of Parsons, and her daughter Linda Neighbors of St. Louis. Lottie had nine grandchildren (Ryan Butler, Myndee Butler, Bransie Qualls, Meredith Butler, Bryce Butler, Chasnie Vinson, Amanda Wurmser, William Neighbors and Nick Wurmser) and six great-grandchildren (Matthew Butler, 6, Mason Butler, 5, Nixon Butler, 3, Asher Qualls, 2, Branton Qualls, 2, and Gwyneth Kate Butler, 7 months) who were the absolute light of her life. Lottie's last years were filled with the pure joy of watching her family grow.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother Jimmy, a sister Helen Robison of Hallowell and a brother Arlie Pyne of Columbus.
Her sister Marie Shearer resides in Denver, Colo. Her sister-in-law Rosalie Pyne resides in Columbus and her brother-in-law Murl Robison in Hallowell.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Parsons, but in her later years attended Bartlett Christian Church and First Christian Church in Parsons.
Lottie Louise was a farmer's daughter, a college-educated career woman, beloved sister, wife and mother of three who loved her family and was especially proud of all their accomplishments. Her granddaughters would all say that she was one "spunky little chick"! She played the piano, enjoyed music and to dance, traveled with her children, enjoyed family dinners and was very active and involved until her death.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Memorials can be made in lieu of flowers to Bartlett Christian Church and the First Christian Church in Parsons and these may be left at the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.
May she rest in peace.