Margaret Rose O'Neill

Margaret Rose O'Neill

On November 1st, 2012 Margaret (fondly referred to by her friends and loved ones as 'Vicki') Rose O'Neill passed away. She is survived by her 4 healthy, successful and loving children as well as her favorite one: Katie, Jim, John, Marti and Molly; her 4 grandchildren Conner, Kylie, Ewan & Remy, as well as her brother & sister-in-law Jack and Micki Marti. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold Sr. and Helen Marti along with her brother Harold Jr. Marti and sister Rosie Gilbert.

Vicki was born in Seattle on February 5th, 1938. She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1955 and followed that up by graduating in 1959 from Seattle University's School of Nursing. She started her career working for the Army Corp of Engineers on the Mayfield Dam Project near Chehalis, WA. Soon thereafter Vicki started her full-time career as a mother of 5. Although, she was successful in her previous endeavors this one she knocked out of the park.

Even to the day, I still hear; 'I don't know how she did it.' This makes me reminisce about the times when my brothers and I would get done golfing and she would pick us up from the golf course. Normally, she would stop to go grocery shopping on the way home. We would assist by attempting to see which one of us could slide down the aisles the furthest with our golf shoes on, the winner would often times claim their prize by knocking over the display at the end of the aisle. Mom's typical response when checking out would be: "And, how much for the mustard?"

Vicki loved to travel, read, cook, coach sports, laugh, inspire and drink a good cup of coffee. She was always caring, compassionate, patient and put everyone else's needs before her own. Upon her wishes, Vicki's ashes will be set free on Mount Rainier. I will be making the trek this spring to make good on her wishes. I'm also looking to hire any able bodied individuals who would like to pack those of my siblings that may have a difficult time with the trip. "Please don't worry Mom, this time I'll pay for the mustard," lovingly and without question your favorite one.

We will be celebrating Vicki's exceptional life at Faith Covenant Church in Sumner @ 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 17th, 2012. The address is 1915 Washington Street, Sumner WA 98390. There will be a reception afterwards at the church as well.

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2012