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In Memory of

Eda O'Neal

December 18, 1920 - August 9, 2017

Obituary


Eda O'Neal, of Tucson, passed from this life to her eternal home with Jesus on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017 surrounded by family who loved her dearly.

Eda, "Edi" was born Ida Aprato on Dec. 18, 1920 in Manhattan, New York and grew up in the Bronx. She married the love of her life, Clede H. O'Neal on January 25, 1947. They raised 3 children, Clede Gerard, Marie Elaine and Stephen Wayne.

Edi and Clede "Arkie" settled in Vail, Arizona in the mid 80's after time in Arkansas and Texas. During their...

Eda O'Neal, of Tucson, passed from this life to her eternal home with Jesus on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017 surrounded by family who loved her dearly.

Eda, "Edi" was born Ida Aprato on Dec. 18, 1920 in Manhattan, New York and grew up in the Bronx. She married the love of her life, Clede H. O'Neal on January 25, 1947. They raised 3 children, Clede Gerard, Marie Elaine and Stephen Wayne.

Edi and Clede "Arkie" settled in Vail, Arizona in the mid 80's after time in Arkansas and Texas. During their life of over 52 years together they had a few family businesses, Arcade Fuel Oil, Tucson KOA Campground and The Longhorn Burger Ranch. They always worked side by side. They ended their years of working together driving their semi truck, The Bashful Rabbit for Melton Truck Lines. Together they drove across the country enjoying the adventures and each other. Edi ended her working career working in the snack bar at Old Vail Middle School. She made some wonderful friends and loved working with them.
Edi loved Arizona Wildcats Basketball, her family and her beloved dog Penelope.

Edi was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her sisters, Rose and Mary, her great nephew Tom and her beloved niece and best friend Madeline Tosi O'Connor.

She is survived by her children, Clede G. O'Neal (Patricia), Marie Elaine O'Neal Finney, Stephen O'Neal (Catherine); grandchildren, Michael Hewston (Jo Ann), Clede W. O'Neal (Anna), Mandy Savary (Jon), Lesley Finney Spradlin (Shea), Jerry Clede Finney (Robin), Kayla Finney (David Molina) and great grandchildren, Sharron, Madeline, Claudia , Olivia, Brayden, Austin, Alexa, Teagan and Jocelyn. Many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and her precious Penelope.

Edi's family welcomes you to attend services in your University of Arizona attire to honor Edi and her love of the Wildcats. A visitation service will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:00 am at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. There will also be a reception at East Lawn Palms following the committal service.