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May 26, 2013
To my godmother Madeline, who always had a hand extended in love and peace, always saw the best in others and encourged them to use it, who held herself to the highest moral and professional standards and who always had time to make sure things were right. She could always be counted on to keep confidences, including her own suffering. She was a mentor to many. She was on more boards and involved in more charity work than anyone can count or remember. She traveled all over the world to help women out of discrimination and poverty. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was best friend to many. And, she knew how to throw the BEST parties. She was extraordinary,artistic, brilliant in business, tireless, humble, powerful, selfless. Like so many others, I am a better person for having known her.We love her and we miss her.
May she rest fully and completely in the arms of her Creator, in whom she had all confidence.
Jane Seger
May 24, 2013
Sincerest condolences to all the O'Brien Family.
Madeline was a woman that always went beyond kindness! Every time we use our beautiful Shamrock Decanter we share wonderful memories. Mrs. Beth Kelley
May 24, 2013
I wanted to tell a story about the Kelley's & the O'Brien's that shows the courage & bravery of Madeline.
The time was a un air-conditioned Houston in July 1951. My mother Margie Kelley and Madeline O'Brien were friends facing all the challenges of raising a young family. Margie was 32 years old, with 3 children, Larry (5yrs.); Nano (3 yrs.); and Grover (2yrs). Madeline was 30 years old with 2 children at that time Donny, Mary Anne, not sure if Jean & Bob were born yet.
During this hot summer there was a nationwide polio epidemic and Houston was especially hard hit. No one knew how this disease was transmitted, there was no vaccine and no cure. What was certain is that this terrible disease inflicted permanent damage to anyone that survived.
One morning, suffering from a high fever, my 3- year old sister Nano told my Dad, while he was shaving, that she could not walk. Margie Kelley was faced with caring for 2 young sons and a baby daughter suffering from a crippling disease, with no cure and her future uncertain. We lived in the new part of West University, on a treeless Nottingham, near Kirby. Our house was off-limits to the other kids on the block, and no adults would enter, similar to a state of quarantine.
In the middle of this uncertainty, in spite of this horrible disease, and the quarantined house, mom's friends Billie Smith & Madeline O'Brien charged in to help their friend, my mom, Margie Kelley. They took care of all of us, and helped their friend at home and at the hospital.
The highest military honors are awarded to soldiers who, with complete disregard of their own life, rise to an occasion to help their fellow soldiers, their friends when they are in need.
Madeline O'Brien demonstrated an equal amount of courage during the polio epidemic of the summer of 1951, when her friend, Margie Kelley, needed help, Madeline was there!!
Madeline remained part of the Kelley family in the years after the Polio crisis and now I am certain my mom Margie is there to help & welcome Madeline to her new life.
Thank you Madeline for standing strong, at a terrible time, for your friend and for us.
Larry Kelley Jr. and The Kelley's
Larry & Beth Kelley (Stacey Carpenter, Jennifer Burke Henry, Bridget Burke, Michael Burke): Nano & Pat Scherrieb (Carl Scherrieb); Grover Kelley; Mary & Don Jones. Plus Grandchildren – Jared & Matthew Carpenter; Elle Henry (due May 26).
May 24, 2013
I will always remember Aunt Madeline's elegance and admirable strength as a business leader.

...remembering how she helped develop my sweet tooth when eating her delicious and rich fudge during the holidays.

I had so much fun at her St. Patrick's Day parties and family events ...an era gone by.

Aunt Madeline, you are loved and missed.
May 22, 2013
Dear Aunt Madeline we will remember you.

At the rising and setting of the sun, we will remember you.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we will remember you.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we will remember you.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we will remember you.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, we will remember you.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we will remember you.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we will remember you.

When we have joy we crave to share, we will remember you.

As long as we live, you too will live; for you are and always will be a part of us all,

As we will remember you.

The Bert L. and Betty Griffin Family

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