Josephine Davis "Josie" Gray O'Neel, 74, of Finksburg, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.
Born Nov. 9, 1939, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of the late Henrietta Elizabeth Giessen Gray and Gordon Nelson Gray. She was the wife of Henry Franklin "Frank" Renard.
She was employed as a realtor with Coldwell Banker. A graduate of Indiana University
, specializing in social services, she held the Phi Beta Kappa key for academic achievement and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
She had a lifetime of service to the community as a real estate counselor and mortgage banking officer, being active in the Association of Realtors and holding offices and committee chairs throughout her career. In addition to her work, she found time for volunteering and holding offices in both the local Boy Scout troops and the scout council management network. With three sons in a local troop, she was one of the first women to serve in this previously all male organization, and earned scouting's coveted Silver Beaver award for her accomplishments.
She enjoyed watching the progress of her grandchildren as they grew, following their growth and she photographed them at every opportunity. She enjoyed visits with them and their "help" in the kitchen.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, surviving are sons Bruce Edwin O'Neel, of Geneva, Switzerland, Brian Nelson O'Neel, of Frederick, and Brent Robert O'Neel, of St. Johns, Ariz.; a sister, Jennifer Gray Fidura, of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren Theodore Vincent, Olivier Nicolas and Sebastien Eduard O'Neel, all of Montreal, Canada, Caitlyn Anne, Meaghan Emily, Molly Rose, and Claire Marie O'Neel, all of Frederick, and Jonah Michea Judy, Etude Aro O'Neel-Judy and Atsina Greene O'Neel-Judy, all of St. Johns; great-grandchildren Wadulisi Judy and Tsuneline Byrd Judy; and a nephew, Gordon Nelson Fidura, of London, England.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dave Bare officiating. Interment will be in Meadow Branch Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; or the
, 1393 Progress Way, Eldersburg, MD 21784.
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