Ruth M.E. (Johnson) O’Neil Pickard of Carlisle formerly of FL and Billerica,MA


5871-pickardRuth M.E (Johnson) O’Neil Pickard, 83, of Carlisle formerly of FL and Billerica, died Saturday Sept. 10, 2016 at the Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA.

She was married to the late Theodore Pickard who died in 2006. He was a longtime employee of Eastern Airlines and the Daytona Speedway. She was previously married to the late Robert O’Neil who died in 1970. He was the founder of Burlington Citations Drum and Bugle Corps.

Born in Billerica, MA, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Jenelder Johnson.   She graduated from Howe High School in Billerica, MA with the class of 1951.

Ruth retired from the Daytona Beach Housing Dept as an accountant in 1995. She loved NASCAR and became good friends with many of the drivers. She was a resident of Ormond Beach, FL from 1975-1996 and a resident of Carlisle, MA from 1996.

Ruth was a member the Westford Regency Health Club. She enjoyed traveling the world, especially Europe.

She is survived by her son, Robert O’Neil of Merrimack, NH; her brother, David and his wife, Mariette Johnson of Connecticut; brother in-law, Joseph Barger of Carlisle, MA; many nieces and nephews.

Special Thanks to her Westford Regency friends and traveling friends for all of their support and kindness extended to her.

She was predeceased by her sister, Lennea J. Barger and two brothers, Carl Johnson Jr and Paul Johnson.

Visiting hours 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Friday at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. At her request there are no services. Private burial in Fox Hill Cemetery at a later date.


September 16, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. Donald Knight says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. We knew Ruthie from the Westford Regency Health Club

  2. Gale Ulrich says:

    A special lady and true friend. Ruth was loved by all…she came into the Health Club with a smile and excited in the same demeanor (with lots more chuckles during her time there).

    I will miss you Ruth. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  3. Susan J Evans says:

    I loved Ruthie, she was young at heart, always friendly and upbeat. I will always remember her smiling face.

  4. Westford Regency HC Staff says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth’s family. We will miss her at the Westford Regency Health Club.

    Westford Regency Health Club Staff

  5. Anne Moran says:

    In the short time I knew Ruth, she was a remarkable person full of life and always looking to the future. She was surrounded with love from her son and her many friends whom she cherished and looked forward to their visits. May she rest in peace!

  6. Angela Smith, Carlisle COA says:

    Ruth was a wonderful person; filled with life, lots of fun, and someone folks enjoyed being with. Her passing is a loss to all who were lucky enough to know her and enjoy her company.

  7. Jenni Gerstle says:

    Ruth was in my Zumba Gold class and she was the heart and soul of that class. She was so full of fun and I appreciated her support and love of dancing. She had a great spirit and she will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family on this sad loss.

  8. Bobbie O'Connell says:

    Bobby, My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a very special lady and will be truly missed. We enjoyed many trips together. Bobbie O’Connell

  9. Stephanie Miller says:

    Ruth embraced me with her friendship and that friendship I will never forget.

  10. June Evans says:

    I will miss this very kind woman.

    A Westford Regency friend.

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