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Monday, February 23, 2015

LENA MAE NICHOLS O'NEAL #MEMORIALMonday

Lena Mae Nichols O’Neal, 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Millcroft Senior Living, Newark, DE. Previously, she lived for 49 years in Hack’s Point, Maryland.Born on May 11, 1916 in Darlington, MD, she was the daughter of the late E. B. and Lula (Collins) Nichols.

Mrs. O’Neal moved to Bent Mountain, VA near Roanoke following the death of her mother in 1922 to be raised by her father and his family. She returned to Cecil County, MD in her teens and worked in the Wilmington area as a nanny. For the rest of her life she kept in close contact with her Virginia relatives.

Mrs. O’Neal worked for many years at the J.J. Newberry Department store on Main Street in Elkton in various departments. She retired at the age of 65 as the luncheonette manager, at this time the store was known as McCrory’s.

Lena was a kind and gentle person, good cook, avid reader, and amateur historian. She loved to garden, visit with family and take annual vacations to Ocean City, MD and Williamsburg, VA.

In addition to her parents, Lena was preceded in death by her husband Clifton J. O’Neal Sr. who died in 1987, daughter Theresa Alma O’Neal Turner, grandson Robert “Ted” Turner, and granddaughter Gina Lee O’Neal Raimond as well as her two brothers, Irven and Nelson.

She leaves behind a legacy to be enjoyed by her family for many years to come. Mrs. O’Neal is survived by her daughter Fairfax O’Neal Bauernschmidt of Newark, DE and her husband Robert and their three sons, Glenn, Alan and Paul. She is also survived by her son Clifton J. “Buddy” O’Neal Jr. of Middletown, DE and his wife Carol and their daughter Collette. Lena is survived by Marvin Wilson whom she raised in her home, and his wife Jane of Knoxville, TN. She is also survived by grandsons Jeffery Turner and Rennie Turner, 18 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from 9:30-11:00 am on Saturday, September 15 at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 N. Broad Street in Middletown Funeral services will be held at 11 am with interment immediately following at Galena Cemetery, Galena, MD.

The family would like to thank the kind staff of Millcroft Senior Living for the love they showed Lena.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Hack’s Point Community Association for their Community Hall building fund, HPCA P.O. Box 648, Chesapeake City, MD 21915-0648.

http://www.geni.com/people/Lena-O-Neal/6000000023991682263
http://daniels-hutchison.com/fh/print.cfm?type=obituary&o_id=1588241&fh_id=10537
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