Obituary For Phoebie Littlefield O'Leary
May 22, 1933 - July 12, 2022

Phoebie Littlefield O’Leary (89) of Eden, North Carolina, passed away Tuesday evening July 12, 2022 at UNC Rockingham Hospital. She was born in Landrum, South Carolina on May 22, 1933 to the late Coke Mann and Minnie Littlefield.

A funeral service will be held 11am Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Leaksville United Methodist Church, 603 Henry St, Eden, NC 27288, with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Reidsville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10-11am, at Leaksville United Methodist Church.

She graduated from Landrum High School and attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. After College, she met the love of her life Dr. Joseph A. O’Leary, Jr. and they were married on January 12, 1955 at Landrum First Baptist Church. Shortly after they married, Dr. O’Leary moved his dental practice to Eden, North Carolina

Phoebie’ s career consisted of helping her husband manage the dental practice along with raising three lively boys and participating in many community activities including; the Junior League, Garden Club, Eden Library volunteer, and a past chair of the Piedmont Lung Association. Phoebie has been a long time member of Leaksville United Methodist Church where she served on various committees including the bereavement committee. She loved her church and her church family.

Phoebie’s life centered on family including many extended family members. Her first grandchild called her “Mue” and she held that name throughout the rest of her life. She was a mother and mentor to her immediate family and to so many other people who knew her.

Phoebie is survived by; sons, Joey O’Leary (Billie Ridgeway) of Eden, Tim O’Leary ( Jeanie) of Eden, and Pat O’Leary (Donica) of Raleigh; grandchildren, Nicholas O’Leary, West Hartford, CT, Jennifer Capral (Josh) of Cromwell, CT, Joseph O’Leary of Raleigh, NC, Erin Stevens (Dillon) of Mayodan, NC, John O’Leary of Kill Devil Hills NC,  step-grandchildren Todd Wilson of Emerald Isle, NC, Chelsea and Elton Evans of Eden, NC, and Brooke Langevin of San Diego, CA; four great grandchildren; Sister, Betty Little, Landrum, SC.

In addition to her parents, Phoebie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Dr. Joseph A. O’Leary Jr. and eleven siblings.

A special thanks to all of her caregivers at Brookdale Assisted Living in Eden

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Leakesville Methodist Church bereavement fund.

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