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Leslie O'Neal

Updated: Apr 21


I was born in Springfield, IL and married my childhood friend, Jack O'Neal. He was a welder. Jack served in the U.S. Navy for six years during WWI on the USS Hudson. Albuquerque became our home in 1959, as Jack accepted a job as a welding engineer for the American Car & Foundry (AFC) an Atomic Energy Company.


Rev. Robert Love came knocking on our door to let us know he was building a Methodist Church which we joined in 1959. In 1963-64, I served as the first paid secretary for St. Paul's in the house on Aztec that the church purchased in 1962. Rev. Melvin Prather, then Rev. Hollis Shook served as pastors. My son, Larry O'Neal was Custodian. My office was in the kitchen and the minister's office was in the back room.




I served as the first paid secretary for St. Paul's in the house on Aztec that the church purchased in 1962.

My favorite hymn is In The Garden and my favorite food is chicken, any way you cook it! I love watching NFL football, and was a Cheerleader in High School.Larry and his wife Katherine (now both retired teachers) have two sons, Bill and Kevin. Our daughter Judith has two sons, Jeremy and Aaron Sanders. Both boys were baptized by r. Thigpen at St. Paul's. Judith's second husband is Jim Baxter.


Grandson Jeremy (wife Ashley) lives in Tulsa, OK. They have three daughters and a stepson. He is a Minister and served in a large church in Oklahoma City and attended his church. Later, Jeremy participated in the Memorial services for Dr. Thigpen. He currently is the CEO for a homeless ministry. Aaron lives in Albuquerque and works as a school psychologist for the Albuquerque Public Schools.


I am lucky to have one of my children living in Albuquerque. Larry and his family have moved to Corvallis, OR. I now live with my daughter Judy and my son-in-law, Jim Baxter.


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