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Ardith O’Day

Ardith O’Day

March 3, 1936 - July 31, 2018     Age: 82

Ardith Yvonne O’Day, age 82, of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Tuesday morning July 31, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center-Nassau on Amelia Island, FL. Born in Farnam, Nebraska on March 3, 1936 and raised in Chewelah, Washington, Ardith was a resident of Amelia Island for the last 22 years. Prior to moving to Amelia Island, Ardith was a long time resident of Wilton, CT.

A graduate of Sacred Heart School of Nursing, Spokane, Washington in 1956 with a BSN, Ardith began her nursing career at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

It was in Seattle that she met her beloved husband, John L. O’Day, who joined IBM Corporation where he enjoyed a successful 31 year career. John’s career led the family to move from Seattle to San Mateo CA, White Plains NY, Fort Worth TX, Salem OR, Boston MA, Wilton CT, Paris France and then back to Wilton CT before settling in Amelia Island.

Ardith was preceded in death by her husband John O’Day in 2002. Ardith leaves behind her five children: Mary Leidy and her husband Paul of Ashburn, Virginia; Steven O’Day and his wife, Carol of Los Angeles, California; Brian O’Day and his wife Susan of Fairfield, Connecticut; Daniel O’Day and his wife Mara, of Zurich, Switzerland; and Mark O’Day and his girlfriend Renee Lacroix of Fernandina Beach, Florida; twelve grandchildren: Ryan Koppel and his wife Kristen; Jacob and Katelyn Leidy; Emily and John O’Day; Kelsey, Connor, Kieran and Cormac O’Day; and Tierney, Meghan and Brendan O’Day; three great grandchildren: Caleb, Jonah and Micah Koppel.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm with a Wake Service starting at 4:00pm at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home 1305 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida, with a Mass of Christian Burial.

The family prefers in lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Ardith O’Day be made to Barnabas Center, Inc. 1303 Jasmine Street, Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or in memory of Ardith O’Day to Baptist Medical Center-Nassau Auxiliary 1250 South 18th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

14 Condolences

  • Mary and John Nardone Posted August 1, 2018 8:14 pm

    Truly sorry for your loss, Brian, Sue and family. You are blessed to have the entire family together during this sad time. May she rest peacefully.

  • RobStrunk Posted August 1, 2018 8:23 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. She was truly a matriarch as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Very honored to meet Ardie. May your wonderful family celebrate her life this week m

  • John Glynn Posted August 1, 2018 9:48 pm

    Miss Ardyth was the best: an elegant, funny and beautiful person. I am glad to have known her … and what a great legacy she and John O’Day have left.

  • Rosemary and Frank pomer Posted August 1, 2018 10:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Brian, Sue and all The O’Day s. So glad you will be together Thinking of you all ???

  • Julia Leidy Posted August 2, 2018 3:25 pm

    My love and prayers to all the family. So glad you will all be together to honor and celebrate dear, lovely and very special Ardith. I will miss talking with her and, when possible getting together to marvel at our grandchildren, great grandchildren, and families. She was such an elegant lady and always so kind, loving and gracious.

  • Lucy Nadeau Posted August 4, 2018 12:05 am

    My mother Glenda McIntosh shared a room with your mother briefly at Quality Health in 2017. She was a spry, lovely, kind lady who was very caring and understanding regarding my Mama and her dementia. Sadly, my Mama didn’t make it home from her visit there. She passed away on April 23, 2017. I appreciate the love and kindness your mother and family showed my Mama during the time she shared a room with her. My family and I will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You only have one Mama and she can never be replaced. May God bring you comfort and peace as He has me.

  • Rosie Stubbs Posted August 4, 2018 9:16 am

    Dear Sweet Ardith–I will miss your lovely smile and cheerful personality. You were such a presence!! Water Aerobics will never be the same without you!!! And–communion at St. Michaels. May the Peace of the Lord be with you and your family. Our lose but heaven gains a Beautiful New Angel!!
    I am so sorry we are not in residence. It would have been such a privilege to meet your family.

  • Susanne Brisach Posted August 4, 2018 9:38 pm

    To all of the wonderful O’Day family, your parents were an inspiration to all of us! They loved you all so much. Ardith was the consummate lady, parent and friend. She will live on inall of you! She is now together with your dad! I’ll never forget the story that she told me of the bird who visited her after your dad’s passing! I know he was waiting for her and was delighted to see her! With love to all of you, Susanne (Howson) Brisach and Gene

  • Kristin Wiseman Francis Posted August 5, 2018 9:20 pm

    To all the O’Day family, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We loved both John and Ardie very much. We were all very lucky to have known them – they were very special people and will be very much missed.

  • Nancy Billington Posted August 6, 2018 3:12 am

    Stuart and I were so very sorry to hear of your loss. We were so happy to have known her and her bright spirit. I am so very sorry that we will not be able to be with you as we are in England now, but send our sympathy to all of you.

  • Jen, Christopher, Chloe, and Charlie Posted August 7, 2018 11:57 am

    Brian and Sue, we are so sorry for your loss. We know you have always treasured your trips to Amelia Island to be with the whole family and we know this year will be especially poignant. Thinking of you and the kids. Ooxx

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  • Fran Riotte Gillrup Posted August 15, 2018 12:59 pm

    To all Ardith’s family and friends: Ardith will always be an example of God’s love to those of us who remember her kindness and loving life.

  • Jonathan and Heather Felsen Posted August 22, 2018 4:18 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss. Ardith was such a genuine and kind individual.

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