OREGON – Frances Marie O’Brien, 83, of Oregon, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon, with her children by her side, after 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 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. She was a 1949 graduate of Oregon High School. On June 16, 1951, Frances married the love of her life, Roy O’Brien. 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, and 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 McDonald’s. Her grandchildren will surely miss her made-from-scratch waffles. 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 her 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; and great-grandchildren, Caleb Merriman, Lilliana Carlson, Christopher Smith, Austin Hartnett, Rowan Thompson, Aiden Smith, Jackson Hartnett, Berkely 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; her son, Randall; her brother, Harold; her parents, Harold and Bertha; and her son-in-law, Jim.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday and the funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon, with Barbara Good, pastor of Oregon United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Oregon.
Memorials may be made in Frances’ name to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
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