The Bristol Press – Mary O’Neil

Mary O’Neil, from Bristol, died peacefully at the age of 88 surrounded by her loving children on Tuesday 8th November 2022 which happened to be an election day. For the last 30 years she has worked on this day at various Bristol polling stations. Mary Louise Mills was born on February 23, 1934 in Milton, MA to parents Helen (Coleman) and Richard Mills, Sr. She was predeceased by her parents, her older sister Dorothy Scanlon and her older brother Richard Mills.

Mary was the loving wife of the late Francis Eugene O’Neil, who died in 2008. He was the love of her life and they were married for almost 50 years. She is survived by their son Francis (“Bud”) O’Neil and his wife Cathy of Bristol and their two sons Trevor and Sean and their three daughters and their families: Margery and John Brannigan of Wethersfield and their children Judith and Billy Brannigan; atty Patricia O’Neil and her spouse Timothy Buckley of West Hartford, and their daughters Maura Loomis (Brian) and Shannon Buckley; and Elizabeth Perella of Fort Lauderdale, FL and their children Madison, Lindsay, Coleman, Regan and Charlotte Perella. She is also survived by her younger sister Barbara Tosi of Dover, MA and numerous nieces and nephews.

While raising her children, Mary was involved in many Bristol civic and church organizations and for many years served as President of St Matthew’s Guild of the Blessed Sacrament and as President of the Bristol Women’s Club. She and her husband were extremely active in Bristol’s Republican City Committee. She has worked at JC Penney, Motorlease Corporation and the O’Neil law firm over the years, retiring in 1998 to spend more time with her husband and 11 grandchildren.

She was a passionate supporter of her grandchildren’s sporting events, musical performances, dance performances and school activities. She was also a faithful communicant at St. Matthew’s Church for more than 60 years. The family would like to thank Nancy Manke, Mary’s caregiver for the past eight months. The consultation will take place on Friday, November 11, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Bristol, followed by a procession to St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave. Bristol for the 11am Mass.

A Christian burial will follow in St Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Memorial donations to Williams Syndrome can be made in lieu of flowers, To leave a message of condolence online, please visit Mary’s memorial page at

Posted in The Bristol Press on Wednesday 9 November 2022 1:05 pm. Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 1:07 PM.

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