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Ann O'Brien

Bradenton, Florida

1929 - 2020


September 1, 2020
Bradenton, Florida
Special Olympics


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Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory (43rd St. Chapel) - Bradenton Obituary

On September 1, 2020, Ann O'Brien passed at home in Bradenton, FL, surrounded by her loved ones.  Ann was born in Dublin, Ireland, on May 13, 1929, to Mabel (Cobb) and William Roberts. Mom could wield a wooden spoon like a dragon lady – up on her toes in the kitchen doorway with smells of some exotic French cuisine wafting through the humid St. Joe thick summer swelter.  Dinner was at 6 PM, and you better be there or fear the wooden spoon, a completely empty threat that somehow sent shockwaves through the household.  Ann married Liam in Dublin on May 12, 1955, and globe trotted to the US Mid-west the following year, producing a gaggle Denis, Deirdre, Eileen, Maureen, and Conor, who created a clan of 7 grands and 14 Great-grands. She had a mischievous smile and a rebellious twitch that led her to be our family's central matriarch.  At 91, Ann could dance the tango, take long walks on the beach, and loved her garden and her best friend Lilly – the hugging cat.  Mom liked to talk to the cat, and told us that the cat could say her name, "Annnnn." The family almost started to believe her.  Mom was very persuasive and brought "it" to life, a joie de vivre that was hard to put your finger on.  She loved reading and poetry and talking about flowers, and if she liked you, you knew it.  Ann was real, and she brought that realness to everything she did, and people loved her for it.  Auntie Ann has nieces and nephews who still swoon for her; you know who you are, and you are loved in return. In 1980 she received an Associate's Degree in Science with honors.  During her career, she helped the downtrodden and changed people's lives as a mental health case manager at NH State Hospital and while operating her own caretaking business. She enormously enjoyed retirement, walking on the beaches of Cape Cod, and dancing on the white sands of Anna Maria Island (FL), often with her partner Bill Henn. Ann is survived by her siblings Alton and (Mary) Roberts, and Patsy Lundberg.  Her sons, Liam Denis & Kathleen O'Brien; Conor & June O'Brien.  Her daughters Deirdre O'Brien; Eileen & John Pitts; Maureen and Tom Parker. Grandchildren, Liam Casey and Julia O'Brien; Meghan Glines-O'Brien and Steve Glines; Sean and Leanne O'Brien; Michael Shaponick and Fiancé Katie Williamson; Jesse and Lori Pitts; James and Holly Pitts; Sara Stankatis and Fiancé Kyle Tacy. Great-grandchildren Rowen & Calen O'Brien; Bronson & Emerson Glines; Isabelle & Brayden O'Brien; Reese, Olivia, Aubrie, Harper, Poppy, Hadley, Mackie Pitts; Kaylin Stankatis.  She was preceded in death by her parents William & Mabel Roberts, Husband Dr. Liam O'Brien MD, sisters Violet Hogan, Pansy Sharman, Isabel Roberts. The jubilation of life will be at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W. Bradenton, FL 34209, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Visitation at 2:00, service at 2:30 PM.  Facebook Live is available at   A future burial in 2021 (unscheduled) will be held in Concord, NH.

Condolences may be made to: Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers in the name of  Ann O'Brien to the Human Society or Special Olympics

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Prayers for the extended O'Brien family Many fond memories of Dr. Liam and Ann in St. Joseph. Great hospitality -- although the then-youngsters did not seem enthusiastic when Liam directed them to sing.

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting your parents as my dental hygiene patients in Concord, NH. Delighted to meet a couple from Ireland, I introduced your parents to my parents also from Ireland....kindered spirits. Fast forward to the '90's, I heard this beautiful Irish brogue in the aisle of the Christmas Tree shop Hyannis, MA; and said, "Ann" and she said "Kathleen"..... we hugged, planned dinner together on the Cape and she was delighted to be welcomed...

Dearest Annie, you are now and forever a sparkling star over Cape Cod skies. All your dancing friends here will miss you so very much, but will never forget you. Love, Sandy Unsworth

Missing you every day mom.
Love ya,