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Memorial Service

Cedar Grove Baptist Church
Saturday November 21st, 2020
2:00pm

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Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

Polkton – Mrs. Mary Frances Neal Gilmore, age 84, passed away peacefully at the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia, NC, after a brief illness, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, November 21st, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Swaringen officiating. Interment will be private. The family will greet friends in the church immediately following the service. Born in Anson County on April 24, 1936, Mary Frances was a daughter of the late John Clyde and Monte Thelma Liles Neal. She was a retired beautician but enjoyed several different jobs over her career including the selling of real estate. She also served as chairwoman of Union County’s Red Cross and taught a multitude of CPR and other first-aid courses. Married to a car enthusiast and part-time racecar driver, Mary Frances became quite adept at tearing down and putting cars back together when it really wasn’t cool for women to do that. She loved to go bowling and never met a craft she didn’t like including sewing, ceramics, needlepoint, and knitting. Mary Frances was a longtime member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, remaining active until her health began to fail. She absolutely adored her husband, Jimmy (who passed away just this past September) and the two of them were rarely ever seen apart from one another. Survivors include her children, Mary Neal Hall (Jimmy) of Matthews, Anna Marie Farr (David) of Little River, SC, Melanie Scercy of Holden Beach, Sabrina Watts of Holden Beach, Monte Griffin of Marshville and Jim Gilmore (Amy) of Unionville; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary Frances was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Phillip Scercy; one grandchild; and two brothers, John Neal of Lilesville and Doug Neal of Morganton. The family suggest memorials be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, c/o Alice Cox, 12509 Hwy 742 N., Polkton, NC 28135.

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I am so very sorry for the loss of this lived one. Mary Francis and I became friends when our husbands were both members of the NC Highway Patrol. When Mary Francis married Willis Austin, my husband was Willis best and I was a brides maid to Mary Francis. To my sorrow, we lost contact after several years. A friend helped me locate Mary Francis through the internet. I was so very happy to be able to talk with her after such a loss of contact. This was in the past few weeks. I talked with her for several minutes with her brining me up to date on her children. I had expected to have many more conversations with us sharing happenings of the last few years and getting to know each other again. It is so sad that I missed this opportunity. It would have been a blessing to me if we could have shared some of those ancient memories and renewed our very special friendship. I am happy that she knew I cared enough for her that I exhausted all leads I had to contact her because she was my friend. It was through the efforts of Tommy Allen that I was finally able to make contact with Mary Francis. I will never forget you. Rest in peace my friend. Barbara Warren

Barbara Warren Nov 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

Hugh and Mary Lib Parker Nov 24 2020 12:00 AM

To Jim, Ana, Melanie, Mary Neal, Monte and Sabrina - Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Just know that each of you are loved. Cherish your precious memories of your Mom and well as your Dad. Love, hugs and prayers for each of you, Hugh and Mary Lib Parker

Hugh and Mary Lib Parker Nov 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

Onnie Jones Gregory Nov 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

Ross Huntley Nov 23 2020 12:00 AM

Praying for the family

Gracie Lang Mummert Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

All of the family are in our prayers. We loved Mary Frances and Jim- and all the children. They are ( were ) great folks. Prayers for the family and the good thoughts are she and Jim are together again. Celebrating at Jesus feet. You will see them again when you get to heaven. Love you all. Fred and Freda Cameron

Freda Cameron Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

Freda Cameron Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

Al and Phyllis Griffin Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Frances Neal Gilmore

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