Anna Millea O'Neill, 84, Navy nurse, homemaker

July 04, 2004

Anna Millea O'Neill, a former Navy nurse and devoted church volunteer, died of cancer Wednesday at Oak Crest Village Retirement Community. The longtime Fallston resident was 84.

Anna Millea was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1939. She attended the College of Notre Dame for a year before entering the Union Memorial Nursing Program, from which she graduated in 1943.

She then enlisted in the Navy as a nurse, serving in Washington, California, Hawaii and New York during World War II. She received a medical discharge and then took a job helping her father with his medical practice in Baltimore.

In 1952, she married Harry St. A. O'Neill, who became a District Court judge in Harford County. The couple settled in Fallston, where they lived until moving to Oak Crest eight years ago. Mr. O'Neill survives her.

Mrs. O'Neill stopped working for her father in 1955 and became a homemaker and ardent volunteer at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Fallston. She taught religion at the church throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and served as a lector, eucharistic minister and altar attendant.

She was an avid gardener, serving as president of the Evergreen Garden Club of Harford County and organizing flower displays for Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton and for various shows.

Mrs. O'Neill became a horsewoman after her daughter joined the Easy Riders 4-H pony club and also enjoyed photography.

A Mass of the Resurrection is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Mary Rohrs of Fallston; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Christine M. O'Neill, died in 2001.

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