The Edmond Sun

May 7, 2013

Virginia L. O’Niel


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND —     Virginia L. O’Niel passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 from Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer.  She was born August 2, 1931 in Cushing, Okla., to John Munson Allen and Bertha I. (Rollins) Allen. 

    She lived in Coyle and Stillwater before moving to Edmond, and attended grade school and Central State High School graduating in 1949.  In 1952 Virginia graduated from the Wesley School of Nursing.  She married William (Bill) K. O’Niel in 1955. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force and the family lived in Turkey, Virginia, Alaska, Massachusettes, France and Louisiana. After his retirement in 1970, Bill and Virginia remained in Edmond.

    Virginia was active in Eastern Star and Amaranth and held different offices including Worthy Matron of the Oklahoma Eastern Star and Royal Matron of Amarath. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Disabled America Veterans, Air Force Sergeants Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Oklahoma State Nurses Association, Red Hat Society and the Take Off Pounds Sensibly. (TOPS).  She was named Woman of the Year of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation in 1984.

    Virginia retired  in December 1993, after 25 years at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling and belonged to Turner Tours and Oklahoma Retired Citizens Travel Club, and visited many places in the United States, and traveled or cruised to many locations worldwide.

    Virginia enjoyed being a member of the O’Niel Clan. She loved  the fellowship as a member of the Edmond First Christian Church, and regularily volunteered as a hostess at Breakfast on Boulevard.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Bill O’Niel.

    Virginia is survived by two sons, Steve O’Niel (Elaine) of Cascade, Colo., and Jay O’Niel (Jo Ann) of Pueblo West, Colo.; two grandsons, Jesse and Sam O’Niel of Colorado; step-grandson Tyler and step granddaughter Jade of Colorado;  sister Velta Stringer of Perry, Okla.  and two nephews, Wes and Larry Stringer of Oklahoma.  

    Viewing will be noon until 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Matthews Funeral Home.

    Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Edmond First Christian Church,  Boulevard and Second Street, with interment to follow at Kingfisher Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Christian Church of Edmond, PO Box 30, Edmond, OK  73083.