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Paula Anne (Boutin) O’Neil passed away peacefully October 27, 2016, surrounded by family.
Paula was born August 26, 1942, to Ellen (Pearson) and George Boutin. Paula grew up in Salisbury where she rode horses and attended CYO dances with her friends, Chicky, Bunny and Jean. Better known as Dimples, Paula was 1960 graduate of Amesbury High School and stayed close with her school friends by organizing many reunions. Paula was a devoted Red Sox fan, filled a scrapbook of Jimmy Piersall clippings, and most recently, cheered for her favorite, Big Papi.
Paula was a lifelong volunteer, and met her husband, John O’Neil (late), through a Yankee Homecoming meeting. They later settled their family, Donna O’Neil-Willoughby, Debbie Fournier, Timothy O’Neil and Kathleen O’Neil, on Tyng Street, where they lived for many years.
In 1978, Paula started her 29 year banking career at the Naumkeg Trust, shortly after moving to the Newburyport Bank, where she retired in December 2007. Through working at the bank, Paula met and helped almost everyone in the Newburyport area.
Giving back to the community was very important to her. Paula volunteered and helped organize multiple Newburyport Chamber events, AJH follies, Yankee Homecoming booths and fashion shows, Our Neighbors table dinners, and Opportunity Works auctions. Paula was a devoted and celebrated Lion and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. She was a critical part of the Yankee Homecoming road race team and loved her Lions club family very much.
Paula was passionate about everything Irish, especially music. One of her most cherished trips was the journey to Ireland with her friend, the late Vicki Pearson. She also loved traveling to Kennebunkport, Maine, North Conway, N.H., and Dennis, Mass., but her favorite place was to be at the beach. If she was near the beach or chasing a storm, then Paula was home. She had many talents including rug braiding, sewing, making chocolates, and Halloween treats. Her chocolate chip cookies were "world-famous" and over time she baked dozens for her kids and their friends. Paula was a talented cake decorator and flower arranger and arranged flowers for many family members weddings.
Paula was extremely devoted and gave generously to her grandchildren, John, Erin, Gillian, Matthew and Jack. Spending time with them was something very special to her.
To celebrate Paula, please consider donating to the Lions club, Jeannie Geiger Crisis Center, Our Neighbors Table or The Pettengill House. There will be no services at this time. A spring celebration is planned. "143 Butch & Irish." Arrangements are by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home in Amesbury.
Published on  November 1, 2016
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