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Dorothy Wilhelmina Ahrens O’Neal

December 6, 1928 — December 25, 2018

Dorothy Wilhelmina Ahrens O’Neal, 90, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at her home in Southaven, Mississippi. A visitation will be held Friday, December 28, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service commencing subsequently at Twin Oaks Funeral Home (290 Goodman Road East, Southaven, MS 38671).  Interment will follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens on the property. Twin Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy O’Neal was born on December 6, 1928 in New York City. She spent the first 30 years of her life as a New York City girl.  She enjoyed times with her friends and family at “tar beach”, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from her father’s office building and enjoying lunches at the NY library. After graduating from business college, she worked as a corporate secretary at Air Reduction Sales Company, Inc. on 42


St. for 10 years in NYC.  Once she started her family they moved to the South, her husband Ralph’s birthplace.  She picked up new southern cooking styles from her mother-in-law “Ma”, which included her famous deviled eggs. She loved spending time with family, friends, and making lasting memories. One could never leave her house without a good meal, or at least a tootsie roll. Mrs. O’Neal was a faithful member of Southaven First United Methodist Church. Even when she could not make worship service, she would view one on television. She adored all animals, especially her dogs (Skippy, Max, Colonel). Her favorite time of the year was around the holidays. She loved being able to spend time with her family, to laugh and just have a good time. Dorothy was a wonderful mother and grandmother “My Momma”, and adored them all profoundly. Mrs. O’Neal truly will be missed by her family and friends.

Dorothy O’Neal is survived by her two daughters, Donna O’Neal Monroe and Deborah O’Neal Haltom; son-in law, Dr. Mark Monroe and five grandchildren:  Katherine Monroe, Joseph Haltom, Parker Monroe, Connor Monroe, and Matthew Haltom.

Dorothy O’Neal is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Ralph O’Neal; her parents, Charles and Florence Ahrens; brother, Lt. Calvin Ahrens; and grandparents, William Henry and Sarah Budd Bigley.

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