WESTBOROUGH- Barbara A. Oâ€™Neilâ€“Bush, 82, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2013, surrounded by members of her large and loving family. She was the devoted wife of both the late Francis G. Bush who passed away in 2007 and Paul J. Oâ€™Neil who passed away in 1995.
Born in Wollaston, MA, she was much-loved the daughter of the late John L. and Alice M. (Hartigan) Dwyer. She was educated at St. Gregory Parochial School and graduated from St. Gregory High School. Early in her career, Barbara worked at the Westborough State Hospital, but her true calling was raising a large, happy family, and serving her Westborough community.
Barbara was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church, a member of the Women of St. Luke and St. Lukeâ€™s Senior Adults. She was also a member of the Westborough Womenâ€™s Club, volunteered at the Senior Center and Food Pantry and was a supporter of Abbeyâ€™s House in Worcester. She also enjoyed playing Bridge, travelling and spending time with her family and many friends.
Barbara is survived by twelve children, Debora Oâ€™Regan of Westborough, Brenda M. Elling of West Stockbridge, John Oâ€™Neil of Housatonic, Mary Crowley of Wayland, Joanne Lafferty of Portland, Maine, Matthew Oâ€™Neil of Millbury, Peggy Bush-Morse of Swampscott, Michael Bush of Mount Desert, Maine, David Bush of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Ellen Thoma of Yarmouth, Maine, Barbie Bush of Grafton and Susie Bush of Westborough. She cherished her 21 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was beloved the sister of the late John L. Dwyer.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial in St. Lukeâ€™s Cemetery will be private.
Calling hours at the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church St., Westborough, are Friday, February 1, from 4 to 8 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Abbeyâ€™s House, 52 High St., Worcester, MA 01609 or to The Women of St. Lukeâ€™s, 70 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581