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Awilda M. O'Brien 84
Wilda, as her friends and family knew her was born in Kirkville, Iowa on Oct. 29, 1933.
She passed peacefully at home Dec. 10, 2017
Daughter of Mearl Moore who worked for the Rail road and Madeline Moore a Homemaker.
The rural community of Kirkville had a one room school house where she was always a excellent student, Becoming the Wapello county Spelling Bee Champion. She went on to Ottumwa High School where she graduated at the top of her class of 1950 at the age of 17.
After High school she worked a short time as a Telephone operator before joining the Navy in 1951.
She became an instructor at Great Lakes Navel Training Facility, where she trained her future Husband Richard O'Brien to be a Corpsman.
Wilda, left the Navy in 1954 and started a family in 1956. She Moved to Fallbrook in 1959 and in 1966 she went to work on Camp Pendleton for the Civil Service. She worked several Jobs during her 26 yrs. with the service. Her Favorite time being the 13 yrs. she spent as the Dispatch Chief for Camp Pendleton Fire.
She Retired in 1997 so she could devote more time to the hobbies she loved, like Quilting ( by Hand), Knitting, Gardening, and re- finishing furniture. She won many awards at the Del Mar Fair for her Quilting and Knitting.
Wilda, was predeceased by her husband of 56 yrs. Richard O'Brien, Aug 20, 2010, Her Brother, Harold Moore , March 15, 2003, Her sister-in- law, Hila Moore, Jan. 9,2013 and her Grandson J.C. Armes , Feb,11,2013.
She is survived by her brothers, Mearl Moore (Brick) and wife Linda Moore, Richard Moore (Dick) and wife Jackie, Denis Moore, all from Wapello County.
Her Children: Tim O'Brien and wife Debbie, Terry O'Brien and wife Debra, Kerry Doney and Husband David.
Wilda had a total of 10 Grandchildren and 16 Great grandchildren
Please Join us for a day of Remembrance
A Celebration of life will be held on January 21st 2018 at 12:00, with luncheon to follow at the Reche School House. 1309 Live Oak Park Rd.
In lieu of flowers: Please make donations to :
Fallbrook Senior Foundation, 135 S. Mission Ave. Fallbrook
Published on December 28, 2017
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