Obituary: Melanie Anne O’Neill (Guthrie) (Dec. 21, 1949 – May 12, 2013)

By Submitted May 17, 2013 04:03 pm

Melanie Anne O’Neill
Melanie Anne O’Neill
Melanie Anne O’Neill was born in San Francisco on December 21, 1949, and passed away in Gasquet, Calif., on May 12, 2013.

Melanie’s parents were William Guthrie, a San Francisco Police Department Homicide Inspector, and Maxine Busch Guthrie, a Registered Nurse and U.S. Army veteran who served on hospital ships during the Second World War.

Melanie attended Mercy High School, which she graduated from in 1968. These roots and experiences provided Melanie with the formative guidelines from which she grew into the inquisitive, independent, tough, stubborn, compassionate and caring individual that her many relatives, friends and acquaintances all admired and respected. She soon entered the working world and her various job experiences gave her the confidence to fulfill her desire to own and operate her own business, which she accomplished with the purchase of the Cotati Saloon in Sonoma County, which she owned for several successful years. Melanie sold that business and relocated to Crescent City with her husband Barry in early 1990. After a short hiatus to explore and experience the redwood coast and the majestic forests, she returned to school to fulfill her desire to become a nurse. Melanie worked for several local family practice doctors before finishing her career as a nurse at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Melanie leaves her husband, Barry O’Neill, of Gasquet; her son David Parsons and his wife, Bonny, of Palm Desert, Calif.; and her son William Parsons and his wife, Ellen, of Chesapeake, Va. Melanie is also survived by her sister Cathleen Guthrie of Rohnert Park, Calif.; her sister Maureen and her husband, Kevin Crerar, of Woodland, Calif.; and her brother, William Guthrie, and his wife, Piper, of Woodland, Calif. Melanie loved and was loved as “Auntie Mel” by nieces and nephews Nick and Chris Angulo, Colin and Sean Crerar, and Lauren and Brian Clementino. Melanie was especially thrilled to be the great aunt to little Maxine, the beautiful daughter of her nephew Peter Crerar and his wife, Jennifer.

At Melanie’s request, there will be no formal memorial service. Family members are, however, planning a celebration of her life at a date yet to be determined. Those friends and acquaintances interested in attending are encouraged to contact the O’Neill family at P.O. Box 100, Gasquet, CA  95543.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.