Carolyn Faye Jones O'Neal

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2000

Kenai resident Carolyn Faye Jones O'Neal died Friday, August 11, 2000, at her home in Kenai surrounded by her family. She was 66.

Liturgy services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Viewing will be held one hour prior to services. Sister Joyce Ross will officiate. Additional services will be held in Holyoke, Colo., followed by burial in the Holyoke Cemetery.

Mrs. O'Neal was born the second of three children on April 19, 1934, in Greeley, Colo. to Otis and Helen Jones. She attended schools in Ault and Eaton, Colo. graduating from Eaton High School in 1952. She attended the University of Colorado for one year and graduated from Barnes Business College in 1954. She was married to Lt. Rupert Ronald Precht in August 1954, at the First Congregational Church in Eaton, Colo. To this union were born three children, Mary, Barbara, and Rupert Ronald Jr.

Following the death of her husband, she lived with her children in Eaton. In 1962, she was united in marriage to Dennis James O'Neal at Our Lady of the Mountains in Estes Park, Colo. This union was blessed with two children, Shawn and James. The O'Neals made their home in Holyoke, Colo. The couple retired from farming in 1996 and moved to Kenai.

Mrs. O'Neal was an active member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. She volunteered at "Clothes Quarters" and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, and enjoyed activities at the senior center. In Holyoke, she was a faithful member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, serving for many years as the church organist and as a catechism teacher. She was the first woman elected to the Holyoke School Board in 1972. She also served on the Melissa Memorial Hospital Board in 1972. In addition, she was an active member in the P.E.O. and Eureka Club. Her interests included fishing, travel and playing cards with her many friends. She enjoyed gardening, baking and welcoming friends and family into her home.

"Carolyn's children were nurtured to be loving, giving, strong and independent people. She encouraged them to learn and to explore the world around them, taking every opportunity to help others. No one was a stranger to her for very long," her family said.

According to the family, "Carolyn will be missed for so many reasons by so many people. She loved with all her heart, and leaving us was the hardest part. Carolyn will live with us in our hearts, bringing warm feelings of kindness and a smile."

She is survived by her husband, Dennis J. O'Neal, of Kenai; five children, Mary O'Neal of Ridgecrest, Calif., Barbara Heath and husband Walter, of Simi Valley, Calif., Rupert O'Neal and wife Claire of Holyoke, Colo., Shawn O'Neal and wife Kristi of Evergreen, Colo., and James O'Neal and wife Moira of San Carlos, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Katiana Rush, Jordin, and Adam Heath, John "Jake," Robin and Emily O'Neal, Kelsey and Denton O'Neal, and Catherine Carolyn O'Neal; sister, Virginia Billings of Greeley, Colo.; sister in-law; Helen Schwisow of Sterling, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Oncology Department at Central Peninsula General Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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