Bessie O'Brien

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  • "Bessie's kind and beautiful spirit will be sorely missed at..."
    - Buddie Bertrand
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Bessie (Zeleski) O'Brien, recently of Spring, TX but a long time resident of Montgomery, passed away March 8, 2014 after a long illness. She was 84.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Gerald (Jerry) O'Brien, daughter Maureen Jackson of Overland Park, KS (grandchildren Taylor and wife Lucy, Connor, Jordan and Grant), daughter Diane Robertson of Marietta, OK (husband Randy), daughter-in-law Dominique of Houston, TX (grandsons Ian and Gregory), daughter Nancy Ellis of Flower Mound, TX (grandson Sean), sister Nancy Frantz of Bethlehem, PA and "nieces, nephews and cousins" on both sides of the family. She is pre-deceased by her parents Michael and Mary Zeleski and Brother Michael Zeleski of Bethlehem, PA, her son Kevin of Houston, TX, and her son-in-law Craig of Overland Park, KS.

Bessie was born May 26, 1929 in Bethlehem, PA, graduated from grammar and high school there and completed two years at Moravian College for Women (majoring in Medical Technology). She met Jerry O'Brien at Lehigh Univ. (in Bethlehem) and married him when he graduated. Bessie encouraged Jerry through graduate school and part time geological jobs and during that time had three children, Maureen, Diane and Kevin. Jerry joined Shell Oil Co. and Bessie and the family lived in six western states in three years. They then had assignments in New Orleans, LA (added Nancy to the family), Midland TX, London, England, Midland again, then Houston, TX.

When Jerry retired, Bessie and Jerry moved onto their boat "Rainbow" and cruised the Eastern US, Canada, and the Bahamas, fulfilling a longtime dream. After six years they returned to land and lived in Montgomery, TX for 18 years until Bessie passed away.

A memorial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Plantersville TX on Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 AM. Guests will be received and refreshments served in the parish hall after church services. (The church is located 2 miles north of Hwy 105 on Hwy 1774). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Bessie O'Brien to the Rainbow Room, a 501C-3 charity that raises funds for abused and neglected children in Montgomery County. Their address is 12398 Oak Tree Lane, Willis, TX 77318.

Published on from Mar. 21 to Apr. 3, 2014