Information for E. Louise O'Neill
17 August, 1937 - 27 July, 1993
The Idaho Press-Tribune

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Louise O'Neill
    Louise O'Neill, 55, of Nampa, died on Tuesday, July 27, 1993, at a Ketchikan, Alaska, hospital of natural causes.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 2, 1993, at the Karcher Church of the Nazarene, corner of Karcher and Middleton roads.  Rev. Richard J. Mark, pastor of the church will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Louise O'Neill was born August 17, 1937, at Orofino, Idaho, the daughter of Frank and Neva Miller.  During her early childhood the family lived in a number of places from Washington to Colorado.  In 1950 the family moved to Sandpoint where she attended school until her graduation in 1956.  That fall she moved to Nampa to attend Northwest Nazarene College, arriving here with only $100 and the faith that God would provide the rest a belief that she held firmly her entire life.  During the early years of college she became reacquainted with Joseph William O'Neill of Kenmare, North Dakota and on Dec. 20, 1958, they returned to Sandpoint, ID, to be married.  In November of 1959, her first child, Joe Jr. was born.  While her husband was still in college Louise delayed her college studies to begin teaching at Nampa Christian High where she taught for two years.  After the birth of her twins, Cynthia and Gary in October 1962 she returned to school and graduated with her husband in June of 1963 with a degree in secondary education.  Joe accepted a job that fall with the Parma High School and Louise accepted a position the next fall, positions they both held for the next fifteen years.  On hearing of a job opportunity in Alaska and no longer having children at home, they obtained teaching positions in the Lower Kuskakwin School District near Bethel.  They made their home in various Eskimo villages until 1990 when they returned to Nampa because of Louise's health. In 1991, they moved to Idaho Falls where Joe worked for a year, returning to Nampa in 1992.  In April of this year they went to Coffman Cove near Ketchikan, AK, to supervise a forest service camp for the summer.  Louise was always an active member of the Church of the Nazarene and her presence will be tremendously missed.  Always one to live her faith and believing that God had blessed her with others.  One of the legacies she leaves is her ability to reach out to others in a loving, caring manner, such as the Laotian family of four she and Joe took into their home when they were made aware of a need for sponsors.  Louise was a great inspiration to everyone her life touched and she will be greatly missed.
    Louise is survived by her husband, Joe O'Neill, Nampa; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Joe O'Neill Jr. and his children, Joe and Cory O'Neill, Fullerton, CA, and Gary O'Neill and his wife, Denise Ness and their daughter, Paige O'Neill, Everett, WA; a daughter and son-in-law, Cyndi and Derek Bauder and their children, Ian and Caitlin, Nampa; her mother, Neva Miller, Nampa; 2 sisters, Evelyn Schober, Nampa, and Margaret Agar, Sandpoint, ID; 2 brothers, Arthur Miller, Sandpoint, ID, and Alvin Miller, Riverside, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Miller, and a sister.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    The family suggests memorials to Northwest Nazarene College Scholarship Fund, 623 Holly St., Nampa, Idaho 83686.


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