Ardyce O’Neill


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        Ardyce LaJean (Chittenden) O’Neill age 78 of Logan, Iowa passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020 at home. Ardyce was born on January 14, 1942 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Jesse and Marie (Huddle) Chittenden. She lived in Madison, Nebraska until 1954 when her family moved to Missouri Valley, Iowa. She babysat and worked at Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator during high school. She graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1960. Ardyce was employed at City National Bank in Council Bluffs, until her marriage. On September 18, 1960 she was united in marriage to James O’Neill. She and Jim farmed and raised registered Angus cattle for 60 years east of BeeBeetown. Ardyce was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Missouri Valley. She was President of the Iowa Angus Auxiliary, President of the American Angus Auxiliary. She was named the most distinguished woman American Angus Auxiliary. Took a Beef promotion booth to Denver for 10 years. She helped start The National Junior Angus Cook off. She was an active 4-H leader and member of Harrison County Cow Bells. She was Treasurer of Harris Grove Memorial Chapel.   

She is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Marie Chittenden, brother Vernon Chittenden, daughter Debra O’Neill and great grandson Leighton Jones.

Ardyce is survived by her husband Jim, a daughter Jane (Jerry) Scott, a son J. C. O’Neill, grandchildren Matt (Christy) Hotz, Jordan (Melissa) O’Neill, Michaela (Jared) Patterson and Abbie (Gary) Jones, thirteen great grandchildren, sisters Audrey Fuchs and Donna (Oran) Nelson.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

The family will direct memorials.

Funeral Service 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2021 United Methodist Church Missouri Valley, Iowa.



  • Carroll L Myer Posted December 18, 2020 5:30 pm

    Jim and family, You have our sympathy. Losing a family member is never easy but we know Ardyce no longer has any pain or hurts.

  • Joyce Young Posted December 19, 2020 2:27 pm

    David and I send our deepest sympathy to Jim and their family. May God’s peace, love and comfort be with all of you at this time.

  • Leia Johnsen Posted January 1, 2021 9:08 pm

    Dear Jim and family
    Love and prayers for all. What a sweet wonderful lady she was. A charming smile to everyone she knew.
    John and Leia johnsen

  • Lyn Holmberg Hellbusch Posted January 2, 2021 10:43 am

    Jim we are sending our Prayers to you and your Family during this time..Ardyce’s beautiful smile will be missed.
    Gary and Lyn

  • Annie Viator Posted January 3, 2021 6:23 pm

    My condolences for the O’Neill family. Ardyce was a joy to know. She contributed greatly to American Angus Auxiliary.

  • Nancy Degner Posted January 3, 2021 9:09 pm

    So sorry to hear about Ardyce. I worked with her for many years on beef promotion and education activities with the Angus Auxiliary. She was a dedicated hard worker and a true beef industry supporter. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Mary Ann Armstrong Posted January 3, 2021 11:08 pm

    My sympathy to Jim, Jordan, and the O’Neill family. May your many memories help you all through this difficult time. She will be missed by many. 🙏🙏🤗💕😷Mary Ann Armstrong

  • Mike Nichols Posted January 4, 2021 11:25 am

    I am sorry for your loss. Ardyce was a lovely person. She and my wife shared the name LaJean. I know my LaJean was always proud of that they shared that name.
    Sincerely, Mike Nichols.

  • Marianna Anderson Posted January 4, 2021 3:25 pm

    Jim and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you even though we can’t be. God bless you always.
    Marianna, Greg, and TJ

  • Amy Bertelson Posted January 4, 2021 5:06 pm

    Thanking of you during this sad time. May your memories of Ardyce comfort you.

  • cindy houck-dehoff Posted January 4, 2021 7:31 pm

    What a Great Angus Mentor to all of “we” Angus ladies❤️
    Arydce was always smiling and dear to me
    Prayers over your loss

  • Lynda (Mrs Fred) Blades Posted January 4, 2021 8:27 pm

    so sorry for your loss; she was beautiful, and a delightful person to be around.

  • Angie Walsh Posted January 6, 2021 6:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Ardyce went to school with my parents and I heard them speak of her often.

  • Diane Broek Posted January 6, 2021 9:15 pm

    I am so sorry to read this. Mrs O’Neill was a class act and a truly lovely person. I always enjoyed talking to her , she had the most interesting insights into the world in general. My sympathies to Mr. ONeill and the entire family.

  • Patty Niedermyer Posted January 7, 2021 12:57 am

    So Very Very Sorry 😐
    A Very Very Sweet Lady.
    Prayers Prayers Prayers To All The Family.
    Patty & Tom Niedermyer
    Magnolia Iowa / Pisgah Iowa Farmers Area.
    Laredo Ave.

    Patty & Tom Niedermyer

  • Kenny and Norma Archer Posted January 7, 2021 9:09 am

    Jim and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Ardyce was a good friend and will be greatly missed. We will live stream the funeral because of the current situations. Hope to be able to visit soon.

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