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Bertha "Bib" I. (Reed) O'Brien, 88, of Salem, N.H., passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018, in the Salemhaven Nursing Home, Salem. She was born in Andover, Mass., a daughter of the late Albert and Mildred (Abbot) Reed.
Mrs. O'Brien grew up in Andover, and graduated from Punchard High School. She proudly served her country serving for three years with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Mrs. O'Brien worked for 27 years as a tax examiner for the IRS in Andover. She volunteered for the Andover Elks, and enjoyed knitting, and traveling.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John "Jack" F. O'Brien, of Andover; two sons, John O'Brien, Jr., of Salem, N.H., and George O'Brien, of Methuen, Mass., four daughters, Jacqueline Deshaies of Salem, Carlene West, and her husband, Bob, of West Chester, Penn., Judith Lefebvre, of Barboursville, Va., and Donna Richardson, and her husband, Todd, of Andover, Mass. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; by three sisters, Mildred Waldie, of New Portland, Maine, Cora Rogers, and her husband, Jim, of Ledyard, Conn., and Beverly Ricci, and her husband, Nick, of Methuen, Mass.; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons-in-law, Will Deshaies, and Bruce Lefebvre, and the following siblings, and their spouses, Albert Reed, and his wife, Christine, Burton Reed, Walter Reed, survived by his wife Ruth Reed, Judith Reed, Joyce, and Bill Corcoran, Ronnie Reed, Frederick Reed. And also predeceased by Leo Demers, and Charlie Waldie (husbands of sister Mildred).
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in St. Augustine Parish, 43 Essex St., Andover. Interment with military honors will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, 124 Abbot St., Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011, or to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 18 Orchard View Dr., Unit 4, Londonderry, NH 03053. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on January 28, 2018
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