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Mary O’Neal

Posted September 26, 2012 in Boone, Obituaries

Mary O’Neal

Mary O’Neal, age 82, of Boone, died Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Madrid Home in Madrid where she had been a resident since February.

Funeral services are Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 625 S. Division Street, with Rev. Tim Trudeau officiating. Burial will be in the Boone Memorial Gardens.

Mary was born in Pleasantville, Iowa, on April 22, 1930, the daughter of Robert and Sarah (Hodds) Hollingsworth.

She married Howard Hester in November of 1949 in Pleasantville. The couple later divorced.

On June 2, 1962, Mary married Leonard O’Neal.

She graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1948 and received her teaching certificate from Simpson College.

In earlier years, Mary taught country school in rural Pleasantville.

She and her husband Leonard, owned and operated the former Johnny’s Drive Inn in Boone.

She later worked at the Boone County Hospital in Medical Records and then was Supervisor for Medical Records at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, retiring in 1985.

Mary loved to cook and enjoyed making crafts, crocheting, and enjoyed watching sports, especially the Dallas Mavericks and the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.

In earlier years, she grew vegetables and canned.

She and Leonard also enjoyed traveling and wintering in Texas and attending craft shows and selling her crafts.

For a time, she had a craft store on Story Street.

Mary was a member of Grace Community Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard, and four brothers.

Mary is survived by two sons Brad O’Neal and wife Cindy of Boone, Kevin Hester of Chandler, Texas; two daughters Kalen Petersen and husband Scott of Huxley and Lynne Peterson and husband Mike of Indianola; two step-sons, Robert O’Neal of Zavalla, Texas and Ron O’Neal and wife Stephanie of Columbia, South Carolina; a step-daughter Deb Danielson and husband Mike of Bondurant; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visitation continues on Saturday at the Church from 9:30 a.m. to service time.

Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, Boone Area Humane Society, or the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Information provided by:
Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc.
1006 6th Street
Boone, IA 50036

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