GRANGEVILLE: Ruth Williams O’Neal, 93 of Lewiston, formerly of Grangeville passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston. Ruth was born May 17, 1923 in Bernie, Missouri to William E. and Oma Jane Williams at the family farm.
Ruth’s mother passed away when Ruth was only 8 years old. She was raised by her older sister Eunice.
She started welding for the War Effort in June 1944. Ruth migrated to San Diego welding on life boats. She later migrated onto Lone Pine, California working as a waitress. This is where she met the love of her life, Gaylon O’Neal. They were married on July 14, 1946. They were happily married for 61 years before Gaylon passed in 2007.
Shortly after their marriage they moved to Idaho. While living in Caldwell, they added 2 sons to their family; Ron in 1951 and Larry in 1954.
They moved to Grangeville in 1955 and bought their home on Scott Street in 1956. Here they lived until 2007 when they relocated to the Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
Ruth is survived by her 2 sons; Ron (Karen) O’Neal and Larry O’Neal and partner Debbie James. Three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gaylon, 5 brothers and sisters and one great granddaughter.
A graveside service for Gaylon and Ruth will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville at 1:00 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.