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Frances M. O'Brien

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 6:04 p.m. CST

Frances M. O’Brien

Frances Marie O’Brien, 83, Oregon, died peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon with her children by her side following a courageous fight through various illnesses over the past year. 

Frances was a loving and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. 

Her family will miss her warm laugh and loving smile. 

She was born on June 23, 1931 in White Rock Township, the daughter of  Harold and Bertha (Todd) Slagle. 

Frances and her brothers, Harold and Charles were raised in Oregon and she was a 1949 graduate of Oregon High School. 

Frances married the love of her life, Roy O’Brien, on June 16, 1951. 

Their children Ed, Kathy, Randy, Cindy, Dave, Sandy and Steve were their pride and joy. 

She cherished time spent with her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She proudly displayed photos of each and every child on her living room wall and always had a story to share about their visits. 

Frances held several positions in her career days including working as a secretary at Bryant Buildings, Conover Shoes and Kable News. 

Her talents included creating beautiful quilts, knitting blankets, hats, and scarves, and creating dolls and other crafted items. 

She and Roy spent many of their days preparing beautiful items for their craft booth at Autumn on Parade. 

When she wasn’t crafting for the event, she enjoyed attending with her family. 

She especially loved spending afternoons sipping coffee with her friends at McDonalds. 

Her grandchildren will surely miss her waffles made from scratch. 

Her fondest memories included camping trips, many visits to Branson, enjoying rides throughout the Oregon area, and sharing breakfast with family and friends at White Pines. 

Her motto was: you drive, you buy! And trust me, she never drove. 

Surviving family includes children, Ed O’Brien, Kathy (Bob) Sipe, Dave O’Brien, Sandy Sullivan, and Steve (Kristin) O’Brien; grandchildren, Kristy Sipe, Jessica (Steve) Stevenson, Jarrett O’Brien, Randy O’Brien,Andrew O’Brien, Roxy (Jeremy) Stienmetz, Jenny (Tim) Thompson, Allison O’Brien, Tommy (Kristal) Hartnett, and Amanda Stockero-O’Brien; great-grandchildren, Caleb Merriman, Lilliana Carlson, Christopher Smith, Austin Hartnett, Rowan Thompson, Aiden Smith, Jackson Hartnett, Berkeley Thompson, Jaryth O’Brien, Addyson Steinmetz, and Liam O’Brien; and brother, Charles (Pat) Slagle. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; daughter, Cynthia; son, Randall; brother, Harold; parents, Harold and Bertha; and son-in-law, Jim. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 1 p.m.

Pastor Barbara Good of Oregon United Methodist Church will officiate. 

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made in Frances’ name to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.  

Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave online condolences.

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