Bonnie Jean Britt O'Neal
Bonnie Jean (BJ) Britt O'Neal BJ was born in Logansport, Indiana, on March 9, 1941, and died in Austin, Texas, on April 15, 2006. She faced the lung cancer that took her life with the same grace, courage, and wit that she brought to all life's challenges. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Anatomy and Physiology. She married Joe O'Neal in 1966 and both felt fortunate to have found the loves of their lives and soul mates. BJ and Joe served in the Peace Corps in Ghana from 1966-1968, where BJ taught biology and other science courses in New Drobo Secondary School. After her return from Ghana, she worked for several years at the University of Texas and at the U.S. Geological Survey as a researcher. Starting in the early 1970s, BJ held various positions at the Austin Public Library, then at the UT Library System until 1995. During this period she also studied art at Austin Community College and St. Edward's University, working as a studio artist and freelance commercial artist. BJ's creative talents extended to playing both the guitar and the piano, as well as the publication of short stories and reminiscences. As an artist, she taught and inspired other people to take up painting, teaching the basics of the craft. BJ loved her husband, her mother, cats, world music, National Public Radio, Mexican food, girls' days out, the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood, and most of all her friends. She is survived by her husband, Joe O'Neal, of Austin, her mother, Frances Britt, and her sister, Becky Britt, both of Lafayette, Indiana. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on the St. Edward's University campus. Her friends are invited to attend and share their memories of BJ.
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 26, 2006.
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Joe,

I am so sorry to hear of BJ's death. Please know that you and she are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to call on me.

Ed Shirley
Edward Shirley
May 13, 2006
In his exquisite words Joe captures the essence of his beloved B. J. We can only add that she was a wonderful friend and neighbor, had a personality that was sweet and sassy at the same time, and was a gentle soul who will be as missed in our realm as she is welcomed in the next.
Carla and Herb Felsted
May 9, 2006
I did not have a chance to meet BJ, but as a fellow Hoosier (from Peru, next to Logansport and as a graduate from IU) I wish to pay my respects. I also send my condolences to her husband Joe, with whom my husband and I work at St. Edward's. You have our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Kelley Bautch
May 3, 2006
We have remembered the happy repose of BJ O'Neal, and the consolation of her husband and family, in our community prayers at the Holy Cross Generalate, Rome.
Brother John Paige CSC
May 3, 2006
So sorry, Joe, to hear of B.J.'s death. And I'm sorry as well that I never had the opportunity to meet her; she sounds like a wonderful woman. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Carole Jones
May 3, 2006
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