O''Connell, Jean Smith MacDougall
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April 13, 1919 - April 25, 2011
Jean Smith MacDougall O'Connell, 92. Born in Burntisland, Scotland to John and Mary King, and given two middle names honoring her maternal grandmother and her mother's Clan, she emigrated with her parents and brother William in 1924, settling in Pittsburg, CA. Jean King attended business college, was a secretary at the Steel Mills in Richmond, CA, and President of the Pittsburg Business Girls Association. Married U.S. Army 1st Lt. David James O'Connell in 1946, and moved to NY, where daughter Maureen was born in 1947. In 1948, the family moved to California, and son David was born in Marysville in 1952, where they were stationed after her husband's recall to Army service during the Korean conflict. Eventually settling in the San Fernando Valley, Jean made homes for her family in Studio City, North Hollywood, Canoga Park, and Northridge. Jean and Dave moved to Malibu in 1975, enjoying eventual retirement, spectacular ocean views, and gatherings with their many friends. Jean was a consummate homemaker, gourmet cook, imaginative decorator, great dancer and tireless volunteer. She traveled extensively with her Producer husband to film locations and on pleasure trips. Jean was fun personified.
Predeceased by her parents, sister Alice, brothers William, Fred and John, and widowed in 1996, Jean is survived by her daughter Maureen Louise O'Connell of Inglewood, son David John O'Connell of Valley Village, her devoted Caregiver Kelly Maris Butcon, and many cousins, in-laws, caregivers, friends and neighbors, all of whom will deeply miss her constant smile, her engaging laughter, her delicious sense of humor and her long presence in our lives and hearts.
No Services. Memorial tributes to the charity of ones choice.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2011