Mary Frances O’Brien, 78, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2015, at UHS Wilson Medical Center surrounded by her family. Mame, as she was known to most, was born in Carbondale, PA on January 29, 1937, to the late John L. Murphy and Sarah Snee Murphy. She was the second of seven children. She graduated from St. Rose High School in 1954. After high school she worked at Prudential Insurance in Scranton, PA. She also worked at IBM as a secretary in Endicott, NY. She married the love of her life, R. John O’Brien, on November 26, 1960, and they were married for over 30 years until he passed away in 1991. They lived in Endicott, NY, Charlotte, NC, Emmaus, PA, and ended up back in Endicott in 1972 where they remained until their deaths. She had five children who were the loves of her life. For the last 18 years, she worked at the Vestal Public Library. She liked to putter in her garden, was an expert with a sewing machine, loved to read, and enjoyed her crossword puzzles. For the last 15 years, she has enjoyed her summers at Laurel Lake in Brackney, PA. One of her passions was remodeling and redecorating her cottage so her family could enjoy their time spent there with her. Her grandchildren have grown up loving the lake and will always cherish their summers there with Nana. She is survived by her children, Karen and Bob Malley, Souderton, PA; Mary Beth and John Haley, Endicott, NY; Marjanie and Chris Hinrichs, Westminster, MD; Dan and Hayley O’Brien, Charlotte, NC; and Colleen and Gene Stratton, Tampa, FL. She was blessed with twelve grandchildren who she adored, Bridget, Kathleen, and Dan Malley; Meghan and Philip Schofield, Marty and Will Haley; Kelsi, Claire, and Luke Hinrichs; and Caitlin, Meghan, and John O’Brien. She is also survived by four brothers and two sisters, John Murphy, Frank Murphy, Tom Murphy, Michael Murphy, Sheila Munley, Sally Heim, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also had many friends who will miss her dearly.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at the Allen Memorial Home, 511 East Main Street, Endicott, NY from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at 10 am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 701 West Main Street, Endicott, NY. Donations may be made in her memory to the Vestal Public Library, 320 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850.