October 10, 1949 ~ September 8, 2020

Born in: Hampton, VA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Molly Grant Neely, 70, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, in Asheville.

Molly was born in Hampton, VA, where she successfully competed with “The Boys” in the HYC’s Junior Sailing Program. She attended Mary Baldwin College and became a lending officer at the C&S National Bank in Atlanta, GA.

Molly was a Master Gardener and a horticultural advocate, having planted many lovely gardens in her lifetime.

Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Grant, Jr., preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Daniel H. Neely; her two sisters: Martha Rideout of Williamsburg, VA and Patricia Gooding of Atlanta; and four nieces and a nephew: Schuyler and Catherine Rideout and Paige and Grant Gooding, all of Atlanta; and Carter G. Kougher of Milan, Ohio.

A private family graveside service will be held.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Botanical Gardens of Asheville.

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  1. Dan, we can’t imagine the feeling of loss you have after Molly’s passing. We were surprised to hear the news and still have not processed it all. All of us who knew her will fondly remember the energy, the laughter and all the uniqueness of Molly. Her death is a shock and a huge loss for us all. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to especially you and to the entire family. With deepest regrets, Bart&Anna

  2. This news hurts. Molly was a volunteer at the Botanical Gardens. I adored her. She was a ray of sunshine, an absolute ray of sunshine. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  3. A Grant cousin, I am proud to say I crewed for Molly in one of her sailing races, handling the trapeze duties, standing on the gunwales at the end of a cable to provide ballast as the boat heeled over. I got soaking wet and had the time of my life. I was thirteen or fourteen, she a couple of years older. If she was supposed to be a boy, I wasn’t aware of it. She was the skipper and shouted like one! I shared her passion to win. We didn’t. Bless you, Molly. Farewell.

  4. I use to do flowers with Molly at Ware Church when she lived in Gloucester. I always enjoyed her energy, expertise and dependability. I’m sorry for your loss.


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