The family of O’Neill has suggested, in lieu of flowers, that the public honor her memory by making a contribution to the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation.
The MCPS Educational Foundation mourns the loss of Vice Chair Patricia O'Neill. She was a champion of equitable educational opportunity for all Montgomery County Public Schools children and served our charity with dedication and grace.
— MCPS Educational Foundation (@mcpsfoundation) September 14, 2021
O’Neill’s cause of death is currently unknown. According to the Washington Post, her husband of 49 years, Rick O’Neill, said his wife died at home suddenly while watching a Montgomery County Council meeting. “She slumped over and could not be resuscitated by paramedics,” he told The Post.
Visitation for O’Neill takes place between 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pumphrey Funeral Home located on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. O’Neill was the longest-serving member of the MCPS Board of Education.
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