Mary Kathryn "Kay" Tuttle O'Neill
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Mary Kathryn "Kay" Tuttle O'Neill, 77, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center.
Kay was born October 5, 1935 in Helena, Montana. She attended grade school and high school in Billings, Montana. Following graduation, she attended St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas where she earned a two year teaching certificate, and taught grade school. Kay then returned to Montana and graduated from Eastern Montana College in Billings. In December of 1957, Kay was with her childhood friend at the J Bar T Country Western Lounge when she met the love of her life, Edwin O'Neill. They were married on June 20, 1959. They had two children while Ed was in the Air Force, sons, Brian and Shawn. Upon Ed's completion of his military service, the couple moved to Des Moines and daughter, Erin and son, Tim were born.
For many years Ed & Kay were members of Visitation Catholic Church. Kay worked very hard to keep the church and school strong. She served as president of the school board and also on the board of the diocese. She chaired eight fall dinners to raise funds for the church and school, which are still open today. She was greeted as "Hey, Hey Mama Kay" by many of kids who considered her to be their second mom.
Kay is survived by her husband of 53 years, Edwin; sons, Shawn (Jennifer) of Des Moines, Tim (Laney) of Federal Way, WA; daughter, Erin (Richard) Stoen of Johnston; daughter-in-law, Paula O'Neill of Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her cousin, Bob Andrews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Brian O'Neill.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Visitation Catholic Church, 1271 E. 9th St. followed by burial at 12:30 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon St.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon St Des Moines, IA 50309
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 17, 2013