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1957 Kay 2024

Kay Ellen O'Brion

April 5, 1957 — March 30, 2024

[The following is the obituary for Kay Ellen O'Brion]

In Loving Memory of Kay Ellen O'Brion

Kay Ellen O'Brion, a dedicated mother, proud veteran, and skilled professional, passed away on March 30, 2024. Born on April 5, 1957, Kay led a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.

Kay's journey was marked by her service in the United States Air Force, where she served for 10 years and worked on the iconic B52 at Castel AFB in Merced, California. Her commitment to her work as a mechanic in the Air Force showcased her unwavering dedication and passion for serving her country.

Following her military service, Kay transitioned into the field of medical transcription and court reporting. Her career path highlighted her versatility and skills in various professional domains. Not only was she a talented professional, but also a loving mother to her two sons John E. Nealis and Joseph P. Nealis. She always beamed with pride knowing that both her boys pursued higher education and later served proudly in the United States Army.

Kay's warm personality shone through in every aspect of her life. Described as kindhearted, funny, and outspoken, she touched the hearts of all who knew her. She found joy in simple pleasures like spending time with family members including her sister Laura O'Brion, sons John and Joseph, grandsons Joseph T. Nealis and Jacob O. Nealis, along with other surviving family members Patty O'Brion (sister-in-law), Terri M. Nealis (daughter-in-law), Joel O'Brion (nephew), Jesse O'Brion (nephew), Kaylee O'Brion (greatniece), as well as cousins and friends.

Kay cherished moments spent crafting delicious meals like her famous potato salad and lasagna, which became family favorites during gatherings filled with love and laughter. In her leisure time, she enjoyed reading, crafting, journaling, and making memories with her beloved grandsons.

As we remember Kay Ellen O'Brion today, we celebrate a life well-lived—a life dedicated to service, family, and spreading warmth wherever she went. May her legacy of love and laughter live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Rest in peace dear Kay. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten.


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