Charlotte Mackey O'Neil(1919 - 2013)

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Charlotte Mackey O'Neil died July 26, 2013 in Cambridge, Mass., following a lengthy illness. Formerly of Somerville, Mass., and New Bern, N.C., she was 93 years old.

Mrs. O'Neill was born November 22, 1919 in Somerville, Mass. She graduated from Somerville High School in 1937 and attended New England Conservatory of Music and Drama on a scholarship.

In 1944 she was married to Major John T. O'Neill, also of Somerville, Mass. Their son, John Mackey O'Neill was born in 1951.

As the wife of a marine, she travelled with him and their son to many duty stations including California; Virginia; Florida; Paris, France; Newport, R.I.; Washington, D.C. and Boston, Mass.

When Colonel O'Neill retired from the Marine Corps in 1967, the family went to the Mill Reef Club, Island of Antigua, West Indies, where they spent 11 years. In 1978 they established a permanent home in New Bern, North Carolina .

Charlotte, "Charl," had a lifelong interest in theatricals. As a matter of fact she was appearing as "Peg of my Heart" when she met her future husband, John. She was also a devoted bridge player and played every week for years at the New Bern Golf & Country Club.

Although plagued by bouts of cancer during the past 40 years, she was always cheerful and outgoing, minimizing her own problems, while sympathetic to her family and friends' problems. She was surely one of nature's noble-woman.

Mrs. O'Neill was pre-deceased by her son, in 1985; her twin brother, Charles J. Mackey in 1998; her older brother, John T. Mackey in 2001; her sister Eve Mackey Spiesman in 2007; and her loving husband, Col. John T. O'Neill USMC (ret.) in 2010. She is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and many friends who helped celebrate John and Charlotte's 65th wedding anniversary in October 2009.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Evangelist Church, 2254 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow next to her husband in Cambridge Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint John's Church, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 400 McHugh Blvd, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-2519 or to the Hospice of Massachusetts.

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Published in Sun Journal from July 28 to July 31, 2013