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
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
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.