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Aleta Beth Hardin O’Neal

Aleta Beth Hardin O’Neal

Aleta Beth Hardin O’Neal

Aleta Beth Hardin O’Neal went to be with her sweet Jesus May 5, 2020, at the age of 81, surrounded by her loving family.

She leaves a legacy of love for her family and all the loved ones in her treasure chest of friends.

Survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Bobby O’Neal; daughters Stacy Pannell and Tami Ellis; foster son, Terry Lane; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and a sister, Brenda Zilinski of Lometa, Texas.

Born February 11, 1939, in Josephine, Texas, to William Prim Hardin and Dorothea Aven Hardin.

They later moved to Levelland where she met and married Bobby O’Neal, the boy next door and fellow Levelland High School classmate.

After living in several Texas towns, they settled in Houston in 1968.

They joined West University Baptist Church in 1969 and she was involved as a Sunday school teacher and in the WMU organization.

In 1971, she started Open Door, an arts and crafts program as an outreach to the community.
Thousands of women and men of different ethnic and racial backgrounds have been through the Open Door program in the past 49 years.

Aleta was a talented artist and taught watercolor for years and loved giving her paintings as gifts.
Aleta and Bobby owned Europe in the Village, a European gift shop in Rice Village of Houston for 23 years.

Aleta was a hostess extraordinaire and a gifted storyteller and writer. She knew how to captivate her audiences with her stories, her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.

She loved to travel and was fortunate to travel the world with Bobby. They had many adventures and collected friends from all over the world.

In 2006, they purchased a second home in Roscrea, Ireland, and got very involved with the churches and the community there. They loved hosting friends and family from the USA at their Irish home and showing them the beautiful country.

At the time of her death, she was working on a mission project with her home church in Houston for the town of Roscrea, Ireland.

Most of all she loved the Lord and wanted everyone she encountered to know Him also.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family has not been able to have a memorial service, although gifts in her memory can be made to “Ireland Outreach” c/o West University Baptist Church, 6218 Auden Street, Houston, Texas, 77005.


  1. Stacy O'Neal Pannell on July 26, 2020 at 12:43 am

    We miss you so much and are so thankful for your legacy of love. I miss your smile and your laughter and I’m so thankful for all the wonderful love and lessons you gave to us.

  2. Robertina Hackworth on July 26, 2020 at 2:39 am

    I never got to her or the family as much as I would have liked to. I loved her, I already miss her random calls, her was a wonderful woman, wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt , and friends to many many people. I always wanted to sit down with her and watch her paint. What beautiful wonderful woman she is, was, and always will be. I love you aunt Aleta Beth

  3. Annette and Sadie Hickey on July 26, 2020 at 2:48 am

    We had the privilege of having Aleta as our lovely friend and neighbour in Green St Roscrea. Aleta and Bob always made us welcome. I have never known such a devoted couple the love and care that Bobby gave to Aleta especially in her later years was just true love. We will miss her beautiful smile and Sadie will miss telling her stories. We have great memories of Aleta visiting number 12. May she rest in peace.

  4. Andrew Walsh on July 26, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Queen Aleta Bell as she was adoringly known to us her family in Ireland was one of the most genuine human being you could meet – Her Beautiful Smile and Stories as well as her love for her second home in ROSCREA and to the many many friends she made while here – He talented Artwork hangs proudly in our house hence she will never be forgotten and we will always see that beautiful face shine through her many works of art. We will never forget our Queen Aleta – We May have had the Queen of England visit Ireland but Our very Own Queen from Houston visited at the same time …. which was the most important one .. No Contest 💕 Rest in Peace Aleta – Always loved , Andrew, Mary, Aoife & Niamh

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