SULLIVAN and TRENTON—Judith Ann O’Brien
On Dec. 1, 2009, the world lost one of the greatest characters I have ever known. Her name was Judith A. O’Brien and she was a loving and devoted wife, the mother of three sons and one daughter, Gerald, Jarred, Kevin and Jennifer, and the “wacky Grammy” of four beautiful grandchildren, Ana, Allie, Milo and Max.
Judi was born April 14, 1943, in Portland. She always lived life by her own rules and never let the social norms dictate the way she lived. This can be seen in almost everything she touched, but one of the greatest examples is the style in which she decorated her house and gardens in Trenton and Sullivan. Where dish strainers are placed on the walls, and antique eggbeaters hang perfectly next to windows. As was said in her high school yearbook Judi was a “real riot.” She was the life of every party and everyone who met her could see why. She never lost sight of her inner-child. She could be seen playing video games or collecting little wind-up toys while other women her age could be seen knitting afghans. She was zany, stubborn, vocal, wild, and celebrated life like no other. Judi was one of the strongest woman I ever laid eyes on, but she was also one of the most compassionate. She will be forever the best at comforting me and no matter how long I live, there will be very few others who loved me so unconditionally as my Grammy did. In everything she did Judi put her own flair into things, from creating her own business, “The Stuffed Goose,” which she owned and operated for eight years, with the love of her life Frank, who predeceased her four years ago. Judi cannot be described in a few sentences and no matter how many adjectives I use, this obituary will never give justice to the life of this remarkable woman.
In true Judi style there will be a party to celebrate her life Dec. 12, 2009, from 2 to 5 p.m. at her brother’s home on 2116 U.S. Hwy 1 in Sullivan.