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Alice O'Neill Avery dies at 97; California landowner, philanthropist
Alice O'Neill Avery dies at 97; California landowner, philanthropist

Alice O'Neill Avery, a landowner and philanthropist who along with her family owned and helped develop a vast swath of south Orange County, has died. She was 97. Avery, a sixth-generation Californian for whom Alicia Parkway is named, died July 22 of natural causes at her home in Brentwood, her family said. As a child, Avery lived in Los Angeles but spent much of her time on what was then her family's 230,000-acre ranch, known as Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores, parts of which were transformed in her lifetime into the patchwork quilt of master-planned communities that make up large parts of south Orange County, including the cities of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa...

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