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Shawna Marie O'Neill


1974 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Shawna Marie O'Neill Obituary
Shawna Marie O'Neill passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Dickinson, TX surrounded by family and friends. Born on February 13, 1974 in Portsmouth, VA, Shawna grew up in Fort Worth, TX but Long Beach, CA is where she found home with some very special friends, including Karla Kerr and Roni Renteria. In 2010 she was diagnosed with cancer and moved to Dickinson, TX to pursue aggressive treatments. Shawna lived her life giving to others. Her effervescent spirit and sense of fun made her an incredible friend. She was a rock though the hardest of times and she always brought joy, laughter, and love to those around her. One of Shawna's greatest passions was her kittens, and her cat, Baby, will now make a home with Shawna's daughter, Alicia Marie Garcia. Shawna is also survived by her momma, Sheri Marie Avila; her son, Austin John Marshall; and her 3 younger sisters that she loved to torment with wooden spoons, Reyna Lynn Eckhart, Fallon Benavides, and Meghan Brooke Stamps; as well as numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; and nieces. Shawna was preceded in death by her father, Kevin O'Neill. In typical Shawna fashion, she has requested that in lieu of a funeral service, a party be held in the fall in Long Beach, CA. Her ashes will be spread at Palos Verdes Estates Coast. The House of Hope in San Pedro, CA was responsible for changing the direction of Shawna's life and was very dear to her heart. For those wishing to honor Shawna's memory, the family requests that donations be made to the House of Hope at 235 West 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 19, 2011
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