Ruby O'Neal – Cook



Owyhee Avalanche - March 28, 2007

Ruby O’Neal

            Graveside service for Ruby O’Neal, 95, of Richland, Washington formerly of Homedale, Idaho, will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. A Memorial service to follow at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Homedale. Friends called from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale.

            Ruby (Johnson) O’Neal was born at Kissee Mills, Missouri to Arter and Lucy Johnson on August 3, 1911 and entered into rest at Richland, Washington on March 21, 2007. She graduated from Forsyth High School May 1930. She received a Teacher’s Certificate and taught all eight grades in one-room schools in Missouri.

            On November 3, 1934, she married Jim O’Neal at Taneyville, MO. Four daughters were born to Ruby and Jim: Thelma Joan, Leona, Caroleta and Bonnie. Jim and Ruby moved from Missouri to Homedale, ID in August 1951. Ruby was a homemaker until 1955 when she went to work for Homedale school district as a cook in the hot lunch program. After selling her home in 1995, she moved to Melba to live with daughter Caroleta (Dennis) Palmer. In June 2003 she moved into Assisted Living, Tri-Cities, WA near her daughter Bonnie.

            So many wonderful friends and her loving family will miss Ruby. Surviving members of her family are her three daughters and spouses: Leona (Ted) Neef, Eugene, OR; their sons Carl Neef, Bellevue, WA; Jimmy (Jennifer) Neef, Mason, Corbin, and Kendyl, Eugene, OR; Caroleta (Dennis) Palmer, Melba, ID; Bonnie (Don) Williams, Pasco, WA; daughters Tanya (Steve) Smith, Richland, WA; Tami (Brad) Jahn and Caleb, Bend, OR; Son-in-law Dorwin Drum and wife Vicki, Homedale, ID; and their families: Don (Shannon) Drum, Katie and Mason, Meridian, ID; Suzanna (Ron Brockett), Jared and Brandon, Homedale, ID; Holly (Dean) Phelps, Meridian, ID; and Kristy Drum, Kent, WA. Many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive her. Her husband Jim, daughter Thelma Joan Drum, granddaughter Ginger Drum, grandson Calvin Palmer and sister Bertie Day preceded her in death.

            Memorials may be given to American Heart Association or your favorite charity.