An undated photo of Kathy O’Neal.

Doris Katherine Hoggard O’Neal, 66, of Ocracoke, died on June 15.

She was the wife of David Farrow O’Neal Jr.

Born, Sept. 6, 1953, Kathy, as she was known, was a devoted housewife for over 46 years and spent the last 21 years doing what she loved the most–raising her grandchildren.

She took great pride in taking care of her family and could be found cooking meals for at least 12 or more on a regular basis. A longtime seamstress with a passion for sewing, she was often called on by community members needing help with alterations.

She was known by locals and tourist alike as the” Mammy on the beach with all the kids,” or as she liked to call it “keeping a local presence on the beach.”

In addition to her husband, Kathy is survived by her son, David Fletcher O’Neal and wife Heather; daughter, Rachel Cameron O’Neal; and six grandchildren, Hunter, Ethan, Brandt, Will, Maranda, and Austin.

Also, surviving is her mother, Merian Bell Hoggard of Ocracoke; aunt, Agnes Garrish of Ocracoke; and aunt Julie Coppedge; uncles, Bill Hoggard and Brove Hoggard; nephew, Eric Williams and wife Diana; and great-niece, Emma Jean all of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her father, F.C. Hoggard; and sister, Melinda Jean Williams.

A private graveside service will be held at the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army – Carolinas, P.O. Box 241808, Charlotte, NC 28224, or the N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512.

Twiford Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at


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