Virginia L. O’Niel passed Monday, May 6, 2013 from Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer. She was born August 2, 1931 in Cushing, Oklahoma to John Munson Allen and Bertha I. (Rollins) Allen. Virginia is survived by two sons, Steve O’Niel (Elaine) of Cascade, Colorado and Jay O’Niel (Jo Ann) of Pueblo West, Colorado; two grandsons Jesse and Sam O’Niel of Colorado; a step grandson Tyler and a step granddaughter Jade of Colorado; a sister Velta Stringer of Perry, Oklahoma; and two nephews Wes and Larry Stringer of Oklahoma. Her husband William (Bill) K. O’Niel preceded her. After the death of her father in a railroad accident in 1933, Virginia lived in Coyle, Oklahoma before moving to Edmond. The family then moved to Stillwater and returned to Edmond after WWII. Virginia attended grade school and Central State High School which was connected with Central State College. She graduated in 1949. In 1952 Virginia graduated from the Wesley School of Nursing from a three year diploma program. She then moved to Kingfisher. Virginia met Bill in Kingfisher. After Bill returned from the Korea War, they were married in 1955 at the First Christian Church in Kingfisher. Bill was in the US Air Force. The family lived in Turkey, Virginia, Alaska, Massachusetts, France, Louisiana, and move back to Edmond in 1968. As a Registered Nurse, Virginia worked at various hospitals throughout the US. Bill was sent to Korea for another tour of duty and then to the Pentagon to finish his 20 years in the US Air Force in 1970 and the family remained in Edmond.
Virginia became active in Eastern Star and Amaranth. She held many different offices including Worthy Matron of the Oklahoma Eastern Star and Royal Matron of Amaranth. She was a member in various clubs including the American Legion Auxiliary, Disable American Veterans, Air Force Sergeants Association, Nation Association of Retired Federal Employees, Oklahoma State Nurses Association, Red Hat Society, and Take Off Pounds Sensibility (TOPS). Virginia was the Woman of the Year for 1984 of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW). After 25 years at the Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, she retired on December 31, 1993. In retirement Virginia enjoyed traveling belonging to several travel clubs: Turner Tours and Oklahoma Retired Citizens Travel Club. Besides numerous “Mystery Tours” in Oklahoma and many tours throughout the U.S., she traveled or cruised to Alaska, Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Australia, South America, the Mediterranean Sea, northern Europe, and France. Virginia enjoyed being a member of the O’Niel Clan. She loved the fellowship as a member of the Edmond First Christian Church. She volunteered regularly as one of the hostesses at the church’s Breakfast on Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests to please send a donation to the First Christian Church of Edmond, PO Box 30, Edmond, OK 73083.
Viewing will be Wednesday from Noon until 9:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. Services for Virginia are at the Edmond First Christian Church at Boulevard and Second Street at 1:00 p.m. Thursday May 9, 2013 with interment to follow at Kingfisher Cemetery.