Jean Frances O'Brien
Jean Frances O'Brien
  • July 16, 1933 - January 20, 2018
  • Arizona

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OBRIEN, Jean F., 84, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away quietly on January 20, 2018. Jean was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 16, 1933. After graduating from high school, she worked as a waitress, which is where she met and married the love of her life. Jerry was in the Marine Corps, so they traveled across the United States to wherever he was stationed. There were many times, due to his tours overseas, she was both mother and father to their 7 children. Although Jean worked several jobs throughout her life, the most important to her, was always her husband and family. Over the years, Jean was a member of several patriotic organizations, but loved being an active member for 37 years, of the Buena Park Emblem Club of Buena Park, California. Although Surprise, Arizona was her home, she would travel to California several times a year for conventions in support of the charitable causes. Jean was the beloved wife of Jerry T. O'Brien for almost 63 years, until he passed away on August 13, 2013. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy (Ruth) O'Brien of Litchfield Park, Arizona; and daughter, Cathryn O'Brien-Smith of Orange, California. Jean is survived by her sons John (Debbie) O'Brien of Couer d'Alene, Idaho, Steven O'Brien of Surprise, Arizona; daughters, Cheryl (Acel) Fisher of Surprise, Arizona, Cynthia (John) Vetter of Mission Viejo, California, Carolyn (Nick) Castro of Anaheim, California; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. Jean was "Mom" to many and loved by all. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM, at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to the Buena Park Emblem Club. To sign the guestbook online, and send your memories, condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit,