Mary Ann (McLaughlin) O’Neil

Mary Ann (McLaughlin) O’Neil

August 13, 1954 – April 21, 2022

Mary Ann (McLaughlin) O’Neil born August 13, 1954, in Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her children on Friday, April 21, 2023, at Prestige Care Center of Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  Mary Ann wore many hats throughout her life: mother, daughter, caregiver, aunt, grandmother, friend, and colleague.  Her favorite and proudest hat to wear was mother.  Mary Ann was a loving, caring, and devoted mother to her nine surviving children. Despite battling multiple sclerosis for over 20 years and before succumbing to her third and final battle with cancer, Mary Ann always had a smile on her face, her door was always open, and the coffee was always on.

Mary Ann is survived by her children: Shawn (Candice), Kevin (Sara), Tim (Lindsay), Keara (Jill), Molly (Sam), Tom (Melissa), Monica, Clare, and Connor: ten grandchildren, whom she loved deeply: Berklie, Finley, Nolan, Madison, Easton, Emersyn, Aubrey, Elizabeth, Elias, and Elliot.  She is also survived by friends, family, and bonus children who all knew her as, “Mama O’Neil.”

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles McLaughlin; mother, Cecilia Lena McLaughlin; three infant children, born silent: Mathew, Michael, and Bridgid.

The burial will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 10:30 a.m.  Following the burial, a luncheon and gathering will be held at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak and Cutler, 7805 W Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember.   You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – A.A. Milne


  • Anna Edwards Posted April 25, 2023 9:35 am

    Wow. So many feelings. I met Mary Ann 26 years ago. We bonded together and forged a friendship that will last throughout time. She called me her guardian angel. I called her my inspiration. Throughout all of her troubles, she was always ready to laugh, sit on the bed and chit chat, and she always had time to watch Dr. Zhivago. Peaceful journey, my friend.

  • Susie Jacobs-Hagen Posted April 25, 2023 10:14 am

    I first met Mary Ann when I worked at her OB’s office. We became friends and our kids became friends too, going to the same school and sharing other activities. I will miss knowing she’s on this earth, always ready to share a story, a. laugh, advice. You kids were her joy and I will keep you all in my prayers. I’m so very sorry, but I know she’ll always be with you.. The memories you hold and the love she had for you are so precious and no one can take those away. From my family to yours, we love you!

  • Dana Mantini Posted April 25, 2023 10:22 am

    I didn’t know your Mom but if her kids are a reflection than she is to be admired. So sorry for your loss Shawn and Tom and the rest of your family.

  • Karisa Wilson Posted April 25, 2023 10:26 am

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers ❤️

  • Kristine Riggert Posted April 25, 2023 10:41 am

    So sorry for your loss! She sounds like an amazing woman! Our deepest sympathy! Love, Mike and Kris Riggert

  • Tim Matherly Posted April 25, 2023 10:50 am

    So Sorry for the loss

  • Memorial Doris Pergande Posted April 25, 2023 11:44 am

    I’m so sorry my dear friend Kearss about your Mom she sounded like a wonderful person Praying for your family May your Mom rest in Eternal peace

  • Tammy Noreault Posted April 25, 2023 4:03 pm

    Mama Mary was one of a kind and I will always treasure our memories. I will carry her words and advice with me always and can only hope I can be half the woman she was. My prayers and condolences to all her children and grandchildren. You all were her “reason”. ❤️

  • Susan (Lenczowski) Harris Posted April 25, 2023 5:34 pm

    Mary Ann was my cousin. We grew up together as little girls. I was only about 5 months younger. Her Dad was my Mom’s little brother. We shared a lot of fun family holidays back then. I know how much she loved all of her children and grandchildren. She is your very own angel now. She will always hold a place in my heart too.

  • Gloria Jorgensen Posted April 25, 2023 7:32 pm

    My sweet, sweet cousin. I remember when you were a little girl and Denny and I would come to your house and spend time with you. Aunt Lena was my godmother and the best mother a little girl could ever want. I will always remember our talks and the laughter we shared when talking of old times. You are with your loving mom now in heaven. There is no more pain and you are at peace. Until we meet again. Love you!

  • Susan (Lenczowski) Harris Posted April 25, 2023 8:21 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ann’s entire family. May she truly rest in peace now.

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