Patsy Lou O’Brien, 84, of Swanton, MD, went to be with her husband, George, on Friday, November 15, 2019, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland, MD.
Born December 14, 1934, in Oakland, MD, she was the daughter of the late John Randolph and Vernie (Sines) Helms. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Edward O’Brien; a son, Marty R. O'Brien; a brother, Kermit “Bud” Helms; three sisters, Violet Pike, Peggy Carr and Vivian Senior.
Patsy worked at Proudfoot’s Pharmacy as a clerk for many years until her retirement at Alpine Village as a desk clerk. Patsy loved the Lord and was a devout Christian. She liked to be an involved church member teaching Sunday school, singing in the church choir and being a ministry leader. Patsy attended Churches of God and Assembly of God Churches, later in life she attended Meadow Mountain Mennonite Church. She volunteered countless hours at Garrett Memorial Hospital now Garrett Regional Medical Center, where she received the VIVA Award for 22 years of service. Patsy enjoyed tending to her flower beds, planting as many as 36 flats of flowers in the spring. It was not uncommon for people to stop and take pictures and enjoy what she had created.
She is survived by two sons, Rev. Larry E. O’Brien and wife, Nena, Portsmouth, VA; George M. “Mike” O’Brien and wife, Joan, Acworth, GA; a granddaughter, Heidi Holley; one great-granddaughter, Kristabel Ferrell; numerous nieces and nephews.
At Patsy’s request she was cremated. Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 1100 Memorial Dr., Oakland, MD, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Larry E. O’Brien officiating. Private interment services will be held at O’Brien Cemetery, Swanton.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Meadow Mountain Mennonite Church, 6117 Bittinger Rd., Swanton, MD, 21561 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, c/o Emmitt Robinson, 74 Dry Run Rd., Swanton, MD, 21561.
Condolences may be sent to her family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Meadow Mountain Mennonite Church - Swanton
6117 Bittinger Rd., Swanton MD 21561
St. John's Lutheran Church - Swanton
c/o Emmitt Robinson 74 Dry Run Road, Swanton MD 21561