Elaine Marie Claire Richard O’Neil
Elaine Marie Claire Richard O’Neil, loving wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at home in Covington, Louisiana on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the age of 99.
A New Orleans native, Elaine was born on March 13, 1920 to Henry and Alice Richard. In her youth, she enjoyed playing sports and sailing with her brothers and sisters and listening to Satchmo play in the Vieux Carré. She was a life-long Saints fan, a devout Catholic, and an avid reader. Although she loved to read a good romance, none was greater than her own. She married her best friend and love of her life, Maurice, in 1941, with whom she shared over sixty years of marriage. Together Elaine and Maurice raised their daughter, Nancy, and later helped care for her grandchildren, Erin and Meghan.
She will be remembered for her vivacious spirit, tenacity, and kindness, and for remembering what matters most in life. She was always ready with a listening ear-- and a witty remark to lift the spirit. Most of all, she will be remembered as a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, whose warmth and caring will be greatly missed by her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Nancy Elaine O’Neil Carter; son-in-law, Kenneth P. Carter; granddaughters, Erin Carter (Kevin) Cotlove and Meghan Carter (Austin) Moreau; and great-grandchildren Ivy Meghan Cotlove, Carter James Cotlove, and Jacques Maurice Moreau.
She is predeceased by her husband, Maurice Bernard O’Neil, Jr.; her father, Henry Richard, and mother, Alice Jaquet Richard; her sisters, Alice Rougelot and Jeannice Averill; and her brothers, Henry Richard and Seymour Richard.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington, LA 70433. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to service time. Interment will be in God’s Acre Cemetery (formally St. Scholastica Priory Cemetery) in Covington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pennies for Bread program sponsored by the St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, at https://www.saintjosephabbey.com/how-to-donate.