She was born Feb. 15, 1915, at Walnut, to William Joseph and Anastasia O’Rourke Duling. She grew up in the rural Walnut area and graduated from the St. Francis High School in St. Paul.
On May 5, 1936 she married Joseph Andrew “Joe” O’Brien at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. They farmed in the rural St. Paul area and operated the O’Brien Rock Crusher business for many years. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1970.
She was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and of the Altar Society. She was a member and past regent of St. Luke’s Circle No. 239, Daughters of Isabella.
Survivors include eight sons, Felix O’Brien and his wife Joyce, St. Paul, Owen O’Brien and his wife, Jean, St. Paul, Jay O’Brien and his wife, Mauricia, St. Paul, Bob O’Brien and his wife, Patty, Chetopa, Gene O’Brien an d his wife, Letty, Denver, Colo., Lou O’Brien and his wife, Karen, Altamont, Dennis O’Brien and his wife, Marilyn, Parsons, Martin O’Brien and his wife, Vicki, St. Paul; seven daughters, Jolene Born and her husband, Ed, St. Paul, Margaret O’Toole and her husband, Jim, Girard, Rose Mary Debler, Tulsa, Okla., Julia Peter and her husband, Dave, Chanute, Virginia Heere and her husband, Rick, Lawrence, Elizabeth Holt and her husband, Jeff, Eagle River, Alaska, Lou Ann Fike and her husband, Dennis, Westmoreland; 48 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Riley, Seattle, Wash., Joan Mengarelli, Granger, Wash.
Preceding her in death was her husband, three brothers, three sisters and a granddaughter.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will follow in the St. Francis Cemetery.
The Daughters of Isabella will recite the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Prairie Mission Chapel. The Parish will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Francis Church.
Friends may call at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thursday, when the casket will be moved to the Prairie Mission Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Osage Mission Historical Museum. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com