Betty Mae OBrien

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Betty Mae O'Brien

December 06, 1924 - November 15, 2018

Betty Mae OBrien Betty M. OBrien, age 93, lifetime Ashtabula area resident, died early Thursday morning after a brief stay at the Villa-on-the-Lake Assisted Living Center in Conneaut.
She was born December 6, 1924 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Calvin S. & Elsie M. (Garrabrant) Glaus. Betty was married to Robert B. OBrien on December 6, 1947 in Ashtabula after working together for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. She had worked multiple jobs but spent much of her working career with the Ashtabula City School System, most of those years as secretary at the Bunker Hill/McKinsey Elementary School prior to her retirement.
Mrs. OBrien was an election poll worker, volunteered with Homesafe and was a Gray Lady at ACMC. She was a member of Chapel Hills Golf Course, golfing daily into her 90s, she was an avid bowler, winning many trophies and awards and a state championship in her category. She hosted Thanksgiving dinner more than 40 years and made gravy more exceptional than anyone. Betty was an articulate, organized person.
Survivors include three children, Barbara B. (Paul) Detch of Lewisburg, WV, Douglas P. (Arlene) OBrien of Madison & Thomas B. (Jennifer) OBrien of Ashville; five grandchildren, Christopher (Erin) Nothem, Melanie (Kim) Nothem, Daniel (Abby) OBrien, Brett OBrien & Kaitlyn (Drew) Shisila; four great-grandchildren, Thomas & Charlie OBrien and Mallory & Greta Nothem and nieces and nephews, Cathy, Greg & Jeff Glaus and Jan Syverson & Nancy Marcus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert in 1985, a great-granddaughter, Avery Nothem, brothers, Calvin, Robert & Ted Glaus and a nephew, Bill Glaus.
Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 AM 1:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with informal sharing to begin at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Homesafe, P. O. Box 702, Ashtabula, OH 44005, envelopes will be at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Betty OBrien family. View obituary, express condolences or light a candle at
Published on November 16, 2018
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Missy Rantala
Nov 23, 2018
Mark, Jim and I extend our heartfelt condolences in the passing of your mother. Our parents are now together, with many other Edward Ave. neighbors, having another block party in heaven. Blessings to all of your families at this time of loss. RIP Mrs. O’Brien.
Vic and Susan Rosssetti
Nov 18, 2018
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing Barb. Many great memories over the years. Love Vic and Susan
Sheila Scott
Nov 17, 2018
To a great lady with my sympathy to the family. I'm very glad to know Betty the pass 11 years. Sunday morning she was at Chapel Hills waiting for us coming up 9 . We could see her...always on time to play 9 holes and sometime 18.
God will take care of her.
Sharon and Bill Annick
Nov 17, 2018
Barb, so sorry about your mom it’s always hard and especially around the holidays. Thinking of you always. She had a good long life.