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Peggy Irene O'Neill Worl

May 26, 1935 — December 3, 2023

Independence, Kansas


Peggy Irene O’Neill Worl, 88, Independence, Kansas passed away on December 3, 2023, at Labette Health in Parsons, Kansas. Cremation has been requested and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Kansas. The family will greet visitors from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory. Memorials should be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in her name.

Peggy Irene O’Neill Worl was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma on May 26, 1935, to Irene (McKay) and Lawrence Vincent O’Neill and entered eternal rest on December 3, 2023. During her father’s enlistment in the army, she moved with her mother to Independence Kansas and spent her childhood being cared for by her mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Her father died in a hunting accident when she was about 5 years old. She attended school in Independence until her senior year when her mother and stepfather moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. She graduated from Coffeyville High School in 1953.

She met her husband, Chester (Chet) Worl, while attending school in Independence. They were married on February 13, 1954, and lived in various towns, including Lincoln, Nebraska; Joplin, Missouri; Ottawa, Kansas, Olathe, Kansas before settling in Independence in the late 1960’s. They were blessed with three daughters, Debbie, Kathy and Angie.

Peggy was primarily a homemaker, taking care of her children and home. After moving to Independence, she worked at Kansas Power and Electric as a bookkeeper, Deshon’s fabric store and as a Title I reading paraprofessional at Lincoln School.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving on multiple committees throughout the years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women, 20th Century and P.E.O. She enjoyed painting, reading, sewing and cherished her friends and family dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Vincent O’Neill; Mother Irene Lewis; stepfather, Alfred Lewis; her husband Chester (Chet) Worl,  and daughter, Debbie L. Coy.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters Kathy (David) Klanecky, Irving, Texas; Angie (Dennis) Hance, Creston, Iowa; Granddaughters Christa (David) Dubill and Kelli (Daren) Bernd, Overland Park, Kansas, Taylor (Cody) Malloy and Madison Hance (Fiancé Josh Paulson), Urbandale, Iowa; grandsons Kevin Coy, Independence, Kansas and Thomas Klanecky, Irving, Texas and several nieces, nephews, cousins and great grandchildren. To leave a special message for the family please visit Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.



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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, December 8, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Webb & Rodrick Chapel & Crematory

306 W Main St, Independence, KS 67301

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, December 9, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

201 S 5th St, Independence, KS 67301

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