Butsaba "Boots" O'Neill

Butsaba "Boots" O'Neill

Butsaba O’Neill passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on April 27, 2019. She was born in Ban Dung, Thailand on January 4, 1951. She married Michael E. O’Neill on May 17, 1972 in Udorn, Thailand and has spent the last 47 years living in various places as the wife of a career Air Force man.

According to Mike, “She is the greatest girl any man could ever have!”

Boots loved to bowl and work in the garden, growing some of the hottest peppers around, ingredients she could use in her Thai cooking.

There are so many special, unique traits that will always make us think of her.

She made friends everywhere she went, if you met Boots you loved her.

Boots had a great love for cats. She currently had four, Mikie, who is lost without her, Gus and Blacky who loved to nap with her, and her newest kitty, Hot Dog.

Boots was a hard worker, she worked for San Bernardino Sports Warehouse, Risco Manufacturing, and most recently Larsen Fruit, where after 24 years she retired in 2017.

After retirement Boots was able to join her husband on road trips he took for work. She was his wing-man and became the best navigator, keeping Mike on course, on the road AND in life. She could always find a Thai restaurant wherever they traveled.

She is survived by her husband, Mike O’Neill of Selah, two daughters, Dukada Sukkhasem of Thailand and Linda O’Neill of Yakima, sister, Sukeet Ampa of San Diego, CA and brother, Chai (Buapan) Sukkhasem of Thailand, father and mother-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and two sisters.

Boots attended Trinity Nazarene church and recently accepted Christ as her savior. She is now at home with Jesus. A special thanks to Pastor Angus Tate for all support and care he has given us.

A celebration of Boot’s life will be held at a later date.