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Subject: [ONEILL] Mary Elizabeth O'Neill , born in Indianapolis, Indiana ,1916, the oldest daughter of Hazel and Ben Neal.
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:24:44 -0000
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Mary Elizabeth O'Neill
O'Neill, Mary Elizabeth "Bib" 1916 - 2011 Mary Elizabeth (Bib) O'Neill, loving wife and mother, avid quilter, driver, traveler, golfer and gardener, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at her home in Vienna, Virginia. She was 94. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 25, 1916, the oldest daughter of Hazel and Ben Neal. Bib began her college years at DePauw University in 1933, where she pledged the Tri Delta Sorority. Due to the financial hardships of the Depression, she decided to transfer to her state college, the University of Illinois, her sophomore year. After graduating in 1937, Bib lived in Mattoon, Illinois, where she was a junior high school Latin teacher. She wrote in her memoir that as much as she loved her job, she became restless being so far from the action of the day - working for the war effort. She thus accepted a job with the Signal Corps in Arlington, Virginia and moved to Washington D.C. in June of 1942, where she lived until December, !
1945. During her years in Washington, she met her husband of 60 years, James C. O'Neill, who was serving in the Army. They married on December 27, 1945, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bib and Jim lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, their home and the birthplace of all of their five children (including John Drew O'Neill, who died in infancy), for 57 years. For a number of years, Bib worked as an editor for the University of Michigan's Business Administration School. She loved her life in Ann Arbor and loved her community. She rarely missed a Saturday at the Farmer's Market, and she shopped only at downtown stores. She was devoted to her family and friends, and loved reading, and her piano. Her husband died in 2006. She is survived by her four children, Molly Downs of Vienna, Virginia, Kate O'Neill, of New York, New York, Ellen O'Neill of Richmond, Virginia and Jamie O'Neill of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, as well as by her sons-in-law, Will Downs and Bob!
(John R.) Mohan and daughter-in-law, Laura Kelso.
in AnnArbor.com from February 24 to February 25, 2011
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