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Edith "Edie" C. Neff

December 5, 1920 - June 8, 2018

Edith June Converse Neff, was born December 5, 1920.  Edie was raised by her grandparents and mother in Amherst, New Hampshire. She attended the University of New Hampshire and wanted to become a forester, but at that time she wasn’t allowed to she major in Forestry.  So she majored in Botany and earned her Masters. While at UNH she met and later married Allen Neff. She and Al had 5 girls and one boy.  They moved west to Salem in1957 when Al started work for the State of Oregon.  Later they lived in Coquille for 10 years before moving back to Salem in 1972.  Edie was a Girl Scout leader for all of her daughters.  After moving back to Salem Edie began providing child care for many families in the south Salem area.  In 1974 they began to welcome people into the family from various exchange programs.  Shortly after Al’s retirement they began to travel. They were able to go to Argentina, Japan, and Peru to connect with exchange families. Their favorite place to visit was Hawaii, where they lived while Al was stationed in 1952.
          Edie was preceded in death by her husband Al of 55 years. Edie is survived by Jackie Billings (Dan) Coquille, Carol Wight, Manchester, New Hampshire, Nancy Johnson (Norm) Salem, Lani Dunithan (Clyde) Bend, Richard, Salem, Sally, Salem and AFS exchange son Jorge Squier (Anne) Houston, Texas. 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Services will be August 11, 2018 at 11:00am at  Morningside United Methodist Church, 3674 12st SE Salem, where she was a long time member. 
Charitable contributions can be made in Edie's memory to the American Cancer Society, UNICEF, Willamette Valley Hospice and Morningside UMC foundation or charity of choice.

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We'll send our deep condolences to late Edie who have given us lots of love and encouraged with beautiful smile and sense of humor. We'll cherish all the memories with her forever. I'm sure she's now in peace and happy with her dearest Al,now. We thank you for your long time friendship and never forget this great meeting in our lives. 
With big honor to have seen you and respect. I liked this picture with THREE SISTERS in the beautiful Oregon.
from your sixth daughter.......

Edie was one of the most positive people I have ever met. Her smile was one of a kind and I can still hear her wonderful laugh. The world is a better place because Edie was here. All my best to Sally and the rest of the family. 

Mom was such a lovely person. I call her mom because she was like a second mother to me. Warm, caring and such a wonderful smile, would light up the room.

Love always to Edie, my "American mother", that exceptional woman she was, always positive, warm, and caring. My deepest sympathies to Sally and all the family. I keep as a treasure this lovely picture from 1990.