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Pauline Belding Donnell Neff

July 2, 1928 July 27, 2018
Pauline Belding Donnell  Neff
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Obituary for Pauline Belding Donnell Neff

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend entered eternal rest July 27th in Houston, Texas. Born in Dallas, Texas to Robert Malcolm and Elisa Stiebel Donnell. Pauline was a lifelong student of life, Christian, volunteer, and compassionate humanitarian. She lived in Dallas for 89 years, graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University and decided to be a journalist in 6th grade.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Neff, Jr; daughter, Susan Carolyn Neff; and sister, Elise Donnell Akin.

She is deeply missed by her children and their spouses Dr. Nancy E. Neff Hannan and husband John K. Hannan, and Dr. Robert Joseph (David) Neff and wife Janet McGan Neff; brother, William F. Donnell and wife Doris; six grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 great-great granddaughters; 2 nieces and 3 nephews. They will always miss her and especially, her sweet smile.

Pauline loved life, writing, traveling, and being with others. She authored nine books and was honored by the Dallas Press Club for her business and economic reporting. She had a deep and abiding faith and helped to found the John Calvin Presbyterian Church as well as the Caring of Persons Ministry in Dallas.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Clarewood House and Vantage Hospice for their compassionate care.

Pauline’s Memorial Service will be held at Clarewood House, 7400 Clarewood Drive Houston TX 77036 on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

A Graveside Service will be Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7403 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225.

In lieu of flowers, Pauline requested contributions to the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation, and the Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (PCHAS).


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