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Kathleen Diane Beaver (O'Neil)



O'Neil, Kathleen D. 70 Feb. 19, 1944 Jan. 11, 2015 Kathleen Diane O'Neil, of Portland, was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Camas, Wash., to John Harold Beaver Jr. and K. Marie Tveit Beaver. She died Jan. 11, 2015, at age 70, in Portland. She was the beloved sister of Kaaren Beaver Tarbell Buffington and Gary Beckley Beaver. She was predeceased by her younger brother, John Harold Beaver III. She was the mother of John Gary O'Neil; mother-in-law to Paula Brady O'Neil; grandmother to Tallack James O'Neil; aunt to Peter John Buffington, Andrew James Buffington, Justin Edward Buffington and Ella Marie Beaver; niece to Peter Tveit of Salem and Louise Beaver of Hoquiam, Wash. Other family members include cousins, nephews, nieces, sister-in-law, Julia Peattie and the Brady family. Part of an active Northwest family, her great-great-great-grandfather and grandmother, Phillip and Margaret Craven Logan Gearhart, came across the Oregon Trail from Ohio in 1846 and participated in settling the West, including the town of Gearhart. Kathleen grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended Sunset High School in Portland and George Fox College in Newberg. As a young girl, she swam one and a quarter miles across beautiful Spirit Lake, Washington, in a race on a cold summer morning. The sign commemorating that swim blew up with Mt. St. Helens and the Y-Camp Spirit Lake Lodge. She worked for the Oregon State Bar in Lake Oswego during the '80s, supporting her son until she became disabled with multiple sclerosis. Devoted to her son, Kathleen enjoyed spending time with her family. Profoundly honest, Kathleen was always fascinated with the world around her and kept on top of all current events. Kathleen was a determined single mother and was successful at it. The newly funded Women's Foundation of Oregon will accept donations in honor of Kathleen Diane O'Neil that can honor and help other determined Oregon mothers and their children. 

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03/01/15 05:51 PM #1    

Bill (William Thomas) Blank

I remember her well.  I remember some friendly competition, especially in one particular class.  She was very competitive and kidded me about it in her comments entered in my year book.  Sorry to hear.  My thoughts go out to her family.  RIP Kathy.   

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