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Mary ‘Mary Beth’ O’Brien

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Mary 'Mary Beth' O’Brien

STERLING – Mary “Mary Beth” O’Brien, 35, of Sterling, died at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Mary was born on Dec. 13, 1978, in Sterling, the daughter of Robert “Smitty” and Cathie (Riggs) Smith. She married Derek O’Brien on June 1, 2012, in Morrison. Mary was a homemaker and graduate of Western Illinois University.

Survivors include her mother, Cathie (Lawrence “Bud”) Tompkins of Rock Falls; her husband, Derek O’Brien of Sterling; three daughters, Arabella Adams, Evangelina Adams and Aryanna Adams, all of Sterling; two sisters, Dawn (Lee) Sandrock of Long Beach, Miss. and Tammy Smith-Albertson of Missouri; four brothers, Peter (Heather) Smith of California, David Smith of Tennessee, Bob Smith of Sterling and Danny Smith of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her father; maternal and paternal grandparents; and one niece.

A gathering of family and friends begins at 10 a.m. and a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The Rev. Dalmus Meeks of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial to her children has been established.

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