In the eleventh season, Maude dies an untimely death in a freak accident involving a T-shirt cannon, leaving Flanders alone and grieving.Ginger came to live with Ned and his sons for a brief period following Maude's death in a later episode, but she quickly grew tired of the Flanders' sickly-sweet personalities and fled.
He also is a good neighbor to the Simpsons, regularly offering his assistance.
Ned’s dogged friendship inspires the loyalty of others; when his Leftorium appeared on the verge of bankruptcy shortly after it opened, Homer arranged a bailout with the help of many people in Springfield.
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Ned is a genuinely well-meaning good-natured person and is one of the few in Springfield to whom that description applies.
Firmly religious, he can be timid and something of a pushover.
In the episode "Hurricane Neddy" a flashback to 30 years earlier shows Ned as a young child despite the fact that he is later said to be 60 years old, attributing his youthful appearance to his conformity to the "three Cs"—"clean living, chewing thoroughly, and a daily dose of vitamin church".
Ned is very honest and sincere in carrying out the Christian doctrines of charity, kindness, and compassion.
He was one of the first characters outside of the immediate Simpson family to appear on the show, and has since been central to several episodes, the first being season two's "Dead Putting Society". in Portland, Oregon, the hometown of Simpsons creator Matt Groening.