Obituary for O'NEAL

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Monday July 20, 2009

Dorothy Mae Jones O'Neal, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Born in 1915 in Independence, Kansas, Dorothy moved with her family to Albuquerque at an early age. She graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1933. After graduation, she moved to New York City to live with one of her sisters and knew many of the early stars of the Broadway stage. She also lived in Florida and Chicago before returning to Albuquerque. Dorothy and her daughters moved to Carlsbad, NM in 1951 to live near another sister, and lived there until her retirement and another move home to Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her parents, R.A. and Mae Jones; husband, Walter O'Neal; three sisters, Venus Speer, Mickey Bowyer, and Vivian Vance Dodds; and her daughter, Vivian Wilkison. She is survived by her brother, Robert Jones; sister, Lou Ann Graham; daughter, Marty Wilson and husband, Rodney Wilson; son-in-law, David Wilkison and wife, Nancy Witter. Dorothy, or Nonny as we knew her, is also survived by loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Greg Williams and wife, Laurie, their children, Abby, Nick, and Ryan; Laurie Wilkison and Thom Downing; Jenny and Joel Bryant; Erin Young and husband, Mark, their children, Cade and Carter; and Patrick Williams and wife, Lindsey, and baby Kate. Dorothy's extended family includes a nephew, many nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces. Dorothy will be remembered for her ready wit, her love of music, her amazing memory and her love of family and New Mexico. She was a fountain of knowledge about early Albuquerque, including stories of her participation in the founding of Albuquerque Little Theater, the early years of the Kimo Theater, and memories of working at Tingley Beach and the family grocery store at Broadway and Coal. The family wishes to thank the many loving caretakers at La Vida Llena Retirement Home. Memorial Services will be held Monday, July 20, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead Ave. SW. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to All Faith's Receiving Home, 1709 Moon St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112, where Dorothy was a volunteer for many years, or to the charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Dorothy at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333

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