Mary Giori O’Neal

Mary Giori O’Neal was a resident of Livermore, Calif., for 58 years. She passed away on June 17, 2019.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Clark O’Neal; two daughters Kathleen Cothern and Victoria Beatty, and their husbands Jeff Cothern and Sean Beatty; and two grandsons Christopher and Eric Beatty.

Mary was born on April 8, 1928, in Boston, Mass., to Alfred and Anna Giori. She attended Hyde Park High School and graduated in 1945. She continued her studies at Simmons University in Boston, earning a degree from the School of Publications in 1949. She went on to earn a teaching credential at California State University, Hayward, in 1964, focusing on Science and Education.

Mary worked in the MIT Humanities Library from 1951 to 1956. Her husband’s jobs took them around the country as she worked in public libraries in Indiana, New York, and California from 1957 to 1962. Her husband Bill became a Mechanical Engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1962. There, they bought a home and lived until the present day. In Livermore, Mary worked at Sandia Lab Library in 1962, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Electronics Information Center in 1963, and as a substitute teacher and tutor from 1979 to 1981.

In her younger years, Mary enjoyed all different types of dancing – from square dancing and folk to ballroom. Mary also loved music. She played banjo and electric bass in Bill’s Valley Banjo Band, and electric bass in his rock band “The Eclectics.”

Mary truly loved being in the outdoors. With her husband Bill, she enjoyed camping and hiking in the desert, mountains and ocean side – everywhere from California to Mexico to Canada. She also crewed for her husband in sailboat races in the San Francisco Bay. Her love for the outdoors was a passion she shared with her family. Family vacations included many lake-side camping trips with Bill and their daughters, Kathy and Vickie. Other vacations included trips to New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Mary always said her greatest joy in life has been as wife, mother and grandmother. After the arrival of their first child, Kathleen (Kathy), and then three years later Victoria (Vickie), she was mainly a stay-at- home mom. She cherished the time watching her adorable babies become lovely, talented young women. Kathy married Jeff Cothern, and Vickie married Sean Beatty. Mary welcomed and loved her sons-in-law as well as her two grandsons, Christopher and Eric Beatty.

The love she shared with her family was ever present. Mary was a deeply devoted wife. She and her husband Bill shared 62 years of marriage. She spent every day of her life showing her daughters the meaning of love. Thank you, Mom.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, and brother Frank Giori.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.

Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the O'Neal family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at