Camilla Mae White O’Neal (Blossom)

October 26, 1944 - March 11, 2014
Camilla Mae White O’Neal (Blossom)

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Blossom passed away Tuesday, March 11, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center as a result of complications following a stroke.

She was born October 26, 1944 to the late Thomas Obanion White and Dorothy Koonce White Pluta.

Blossom, a Wilmington native, lived her entire life as a devoted mother, sister and friend. As the oldest of 5 children, she was her mother’s helper in raising her younger siblings. Her upbeat spirit and unyielding courage was an inspiration to all.

Blossom was as capable as she was responsible. She was an outstanding student and was accomplished in everything she attempted. She graduated from Wilmington College with BA in Medical Technology, and completed her advanced training from Watts School of Medical Technology in Durham.  During her career she worked in Charlotte at the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. Then after moving back to Wilmington, she worked at the Red Cross for a number of years before being employed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center from which she retired.

In addition to work, Blossom expressed her amazing creativity through crochet, needle point, quilting, weaving baskets and sewing. During the last six years her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Blossom is survived by Mark DeWitt O’Neal, her husband of 47 years; daughter Katie and husband Kurt Horstmann, daughter Ashley and husband Michael Fioretti; grandchildren Camilla Grace Horstmann, Eda Mae and Jon Arthur Fioretti; and sisters Dawna White Johnson and her husband Bill and Shelia Ann May and husband Don and numerous nieces and nephews. She was proceeded by in death by her brothers, Thomas Obanion White, Jr. and Graham Calloway White.

The O’Neal Family is deeply grateful to her excellent physicians. They also express their heartfelt thanks to every nurse and nurse’s aides at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. They were exceptional and extremely kind caregivers in Blossom’s last days.

A service to celebrate Blossom’s life will be held Sunday, March 16th at 2:00 at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation at 1535 41st Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation
or Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

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  • March 15, 2014
    Joe King says:
    Mark and family, Jennifer and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family in the passing of Camilla! I have known Camilla since we were children. She was always one of those special people who was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was a very bright and extremely caring individual who brightened the lives of those who knew her! I know how much her family will miss her! I had a chance to talk with Camilla at the reunion in October and thoroughly enjoyed that opportunity! We will be remembering Camilla and your family in our prayers! God Bless You! Joe and Jennifer King

  • March 15, 2014
    Joe King says:
    Mark and family, Jennifer and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Camilla! Camilla was an extraordinarily nice person and an inspiration to all of us! We will not be able to attend the memorial service but will keep you and your family in our prayers as you celebrate her life on Sunday! God Bless You Joe and Jennifer King

  • March 11, 2014
    Sheri Urquhart says:
    Dear Mark and family, We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Camilla. We know that your hearts are hurting as you move forward in life without her. We will remember her as lovely and sweet, just like her name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Scott & Sheri Urquhart and family

  • March 15, 2014
    Helen Stasios Flowers says:
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark and his family during this most difficult. time. May Camilla's Memory be eternal.

  • March 13, 2014
    Noshima Darden-Tabb says:
    Katie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that all of your wonderful memories warm your heart forever. As you miss your mother/loved one, may God strengthen and keep you. I know that she has been a true blessing and flower that will forever bloom in your lives. God Bless you all!