MAry Katherine O'Brien (1922 - 2017)

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  • "MAY THE THOUGHT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARING IN YOUR GRIEF..."
    - KELLEY
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Mary Katherine (Keavney) O'Brien was born August 6, 1922 and passed away peacefully at her home on May 20, 2017. She is the daughter of James and Catherine (Connolly) Keavney. Mary spent her childhood in New York City. After graduating from high school, she worked in the Legal Department at Western Electric.
She married Jeremiah J. (Jerry) O'Brien in 1948 and celebrated 50 years of marriage before his passing in 1998. Together they raised their five children in Huntington Station, Long Island, New York. After Jerry's retirement from the New York City Fire Department, they moved to Crystal River, Florida and spent summers at Yander's on Keene Lake in Waymart, Pennsylvania.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Anita Maynard, and brother James J. Keavney. Survivors include children Mary P. O'Brien of East Quogue, NY, Christine Langone (John) of Athens, GA, Dolores Kearney (Jack) of Denton, TX, and Jeremiah M. O'Brien (Laura) of Lake Forest, IL, seven grandchildren (Cathleen, Stephanie, Kevin, Jennifer, John Daniel, Aidan, and Anna) and six great grandchildren (Brynna, Finn, James, Luke, Keiran, and Michaela), sister-in-law Mary Keavney, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Whichever community she lived in, Mary was involved in civic, community and church affairs. She was an active member of St. Hughes and St. Benedict Catholic Churches where she served in the Altar Rosary Societies and Women's Council. She spent countless of hours shuttling her children to school events, swim lessons, 4-H meetings, band practices, camps, and little league games. She was a 4-H leader, Girl Scout Cookie Distribution leader, and Crystal River Library volunteer. Mary was a strong supporter of education in all its forms and instilled in her children the joy of reading, curiosity, and lifelong learning. She was a generous friend to many, loved music, dancing, and travel. After numerous family camping trips that covered the entire United States. In retirement, Mary and Jerry continued their travels worldwide. Mary's greatest claim to fame are her "Secret Pecan Squares"!
The family would like to give special thanks to Janice Hans for her loving and supportive care over the past few years.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 pm at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 455 S. Suncoast Blvd. Crystal River, FL 34429, with reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Mary's favorite color was green and she was proud of her Irish heritage! In her honor, please wear green.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to "Citrus County Home Delivered Meals Program", Citrus County Senior Programs, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct. Key #3, Lecanto, FL 34461 or to "Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast", P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 28, 2017