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Sally Ann O'Neill Dugan

February 15, 1928 ~ November 19, 2020 (age 92)


Sally Anne O’Neill Dugan


Funeral service for Sally O’Neill Dugan, formally of Watertown, NY, will be held Saturday, July 24th 2021 at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Cape Vincent, NY.  Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM and will conclude with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon.  The Mass will be concelebrated by her nephew Father Timothy Canaan and her first cousin Father Leo Wiley.

Sally Dugan, age 92, of Corinth Texas, passed away on November 19, 2020.

Sally was born in Watertown, New York on February 15, 1928.  She was the oldest child of Herman and Sarah O’Neill, and had three younger sisters: Mary, Charlotte, and Therese.  Sally graduated high school in 1946 from Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown, NY.  She then attended the College of St. Rose School of Nursing in Albany, NY and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She received a Master of Science – Adult Health Nursing Degree from the Graduate School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970.  In 1981, she completed the Enterostomal Therapy Professional Education Program from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Employment History:

Albany NY 1950 – 1954

Visiting Nurse Association
Clinical Instructor at Albany Practical Nurse School

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Watertown NY 1955-1956

Medical-Surgical Clinical Instructor

Veterans Administration Hospital, Albany Ny 1956-1958

Medical-surgical patient staff nursing

Mercy Hospital of Nursing, Scranton PA 1960-1964

Surgical Clinical Nursing Instructor

Private Duty Nursing – Watertown NY 1964-1966

Primary nursing care in hospital and in home

Veterans Administration Hospital, Buffalo NY 1966-1972

Inservice Nursing Instructor

Veterans Administration Hospital, Durham NC  1973-1987

Primary nursing – Hematology/Oncology Clinic

Duke University School of Nursing 1977- 1987

Clinical Preceptor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1983- 1987

Adjunct Assistant Professor

United States Peace Corps 1988-1989

Peace Corps Volunteer in Yemen

Set up a medical clinic for local health care






Professional Accomplishments and Achievements

Nurse Professional Standards Board and Nursing Procedure Committee for Buffalo VA Hospital
Board of Directors of North Carolina Hospice
American Cancer Society in Durham – Chairperson and Executive Board Member
Published article: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine

Personal Accomplishments and Achievements

Volunteer staff at St. Philips Catholic Church in Lewisville, TX
Stephens Ministry volunteer

Sally enjoyed spending time at their family’s weekend cottage on the St. Lawrence River at Fishers Landing, NY with her husband Richard Dugan and daughter Erin Dugan.  They enjoyed taking week-long boat trips in their wooden boat up the canals in Canada, boating and fishing around the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, and hosting family parties at the river front cottage in Fishers Landing.

After moving to Durham North Carolina, Sally and her daughter Erin enjoyed spending weekends at their cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, NC; and spending occasional weekends at the North Carolina coast.  Her hobbies included boating, watercolor painting, travel, and volunteer work.

In 1994, she moved to Flower Mound, Texas to live with her daughter Erin and son-in-law Eric.  Her only grandchild, Ethan, was born in December of 1994 and became Sally’s primary passion.  Ethan was born with special needs, and Sally devoted the rest of her life to helping raise him.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband Richard Dugan; sister Charlotte Canaan; and brother-in-law John Sgroi.  She is survived by her daughter Erin Dugan; son-in-law Eric Smith; grandson Ethan Dugan-Smith; sisters Mary Sgroi and Therese Sparacino; brothers-in-law Timothy Canaan and Joe Sparacino; godson Father Timothy Canaan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Irish Prayer

May God give you…

For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile

For every care, a promise,

And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,

A faithful friend to share,

For every sigh, a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer.


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