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In Memory of

Agnes E. O'Brien

May 23, 1931 - November 27, 2016

Obituary


Agnes E. O'Brien, beloved mother, grandmother, friend and spiritual counselor to many, peacefully passed away at home with her family on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Agnes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1931 to Andrew and Dorothy Effinger. She was the 5th of 7 children. She attended 12 years of Catholic School at St. Mary's of the Assumption and John W. Hallahan All Girls Catholic High in Philadelphia. Agnes met her husband, Walter Thomas O'Brien, Sr., at the U.S.O. in Philadelphia while he was completing Fire Fighting and Rescue Repair School at...

Agnes E. O'Brien, beloved mother, grandmother, friend and spiritual counselor to many, peacefully passed away at home with her family on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Agnes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1931 to Andrew and Dorothy Effinger. She was the 5th of 7 children. She attended 12 years of Catholic School at St. Mary's of the Assumption and John W. Hallahan All Girls Catholic High in Philadelphia. Agnes met her husband, Walter Thomas O'Brien, Sr., at the U.S.O. in Philadelphia while he was completing Fire Fighting and Rescue Repair School at the U.S. naval Base. Following their marriage in January of 1952, Agnes and Walter traveled to his many duty stations in the United States and raised their 5 children. In 1964 the family returned to Brunswick, Georgia, Walter's hometown.

Agnes was an artist. She had 2 years of art classes in Philadelphia and 11 years in Brunswick studying under Bill Hendrix from St. Simons Island.

Agnes loved doing for others and committed herself to volunteerism. She spent 35 years as a Red Cross Volunteer, first as a Gray Lady working at the Brunswick Hospital and then many years working Bloodmobile, emergency shelters, Chairman of the Volunteers, Red Cross Board Secretary and as a member of the Disaster team.

Agnes spent over 40 years working for St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in many capacities. 18 years were spent as Sacristan making vestments, linens, cleaning, ordering flowers and anything else that was required to keep the church functioning smoothly. She was a member of the Catholic Woman's Group from 1964 to time of death. She spent 14 wonderful years as a Sunday school teacher for the 3, 4 and 5 year old children and 10 years as the Coordinator of St. Francis Xavier Religious Education Program. After 4 years of courses and training, she was awarded certification as a Religious Educator.

She was a professed member of the Marist Third Order of Mary since 1966. Over the years Agnes wrote and taught the programs for each meeting and facilitated a Day of Prayer twice a year.

Agnes spent 22 years working at Manna House. Beginning in 1983 she served on the formation committee to start Manna House here in Brunswick to meet the needs of homeless and underserved. During this time she also began involving the 12 and 13 year old Confirmation youth as workers at Manna House on Thanksgiving Day to earn their necessary project points.

11 years were spent at MAP International packing medications and supplies for 3rd world countries, updating file systems and doing any necessary office duties such as filing and correspondence.

She was a member of the American legion Auxiliary since 1978 having served in most offices, and as the Unit President 5 times. She was also the District President in 2000-2001, the Poppy Anchor Construction Chairperson and the Dedication Chairperson for the State of Georgia.


There are so many other accomplishments linked to this amazing lady such as painting murals for the old Brunswick Hospital for the Cobalt Room and Pediatrics, sewing thousands of layettes for new babies, thousands of ditty bags for the veterans and thousands of fidget aprons for Heartland Hospice patients. She was a member of the Brunswick Junior Woman's Club and Young Woman of the Year. Many tables have been decorated with her centerpieces and flowers. Most of all, she was a counselor and confidant to hundreds over the years praying with them, for them and offering her very sound advice when asked.

The loss of Agnes will be felt deeply by her family and friends across this country. Agnes was predeceased by her parents Andrew and Dorothy Effinger, husband Walter T. O'Brien, Sr., grandson Michael Brian McCollum, brother Francis Effinger and sisters Anna Stanley and Rose Riegel. She is survived by brothers Andrew Effinger (Naida), John Effinger (Betty) and Albert Effinger; daughters Marie Brewer (Carter), Kathleen Riley, Eileen DeAnda (Lou) and Barbara Snyder and son Walter T. O'Brien, Jr. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Agnes' viewing will be held at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick on Thursday, December 1 from 6-8pm. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church on Friday December 2 at 11:00am. Entombent will follow at Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery on U.S. Hwy 17 north in Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Agnes's memory to:
The Society of Mary (Marist Fathers and Brothers)
The Marist Center
4408 8th St. N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017-2298

Or
Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund
664 Scranton Road, Unit 103
Brunswick, GA 31520

Special thanks go to Dr. Mitchell Jones, Dr. Antonio Moran, Advantage Home Care, Heartland Hospice, Visiting Angels, Southeast Georgia Health system and Senior Care Center Brunswick.