Ardyce LaJean (Chittenden) O’Neill age 78, of Logan, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at home. Ardyce was born on Jan. 14, 1942, in Norfolk, Neb. to Jesse and Marie (Huddle) Chittenden. She lived in Madison, Neb. until 1954, when her family moved to Missouri Valley. 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 Sept. 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 and 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, Jan. 6, 2021, at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley. The funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at the United Methodist Church in Missouri Valley. The family will direct memorials.
Arrangements by Hennessey Funeral Home, www.hennesseyonline.com