Barbara J. O’Brien

Posted Feb. 20, 2013, at 7:50 p.m.

DEXTER – Barbara Jean (Hopkins) O’Brien, 74, died Feb. 18, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan. 13, 1939, in Danvers, Mass., a daughter of Thomas and Helen (Shirey) Hopkins Sr.

She graduated from Holten Richmond High School, Danvers, Mass. Her family moved to Maine in 1972. Barb and her husband Wally bought and operated Main Street Pizza until Wally’s health forced them to sell the business. Barb then worked at Abbot Woolen Mill full time and part time at Reny’s department store. When the mill closed she worked full time at Reny’s, becoming manager in 1990, and she remained in that position until her retirement in 2005. She was a thoughtful, generous woman supporting Toys for Tots, Wild West Weekend and other Dexter activities. She was a member of Dexter Regional Development Corp. She could be depended upon to help out whenever and however she could. She enjoyed word find games, country music, bird watching, Western movies and spending time with her family, especially the annual O’Brien family party.

She is survived by two sons, Charles and fiancée, Terry, and Timothy and wife, Tracey, all of Dexter; two daughters, Jean and husband, Joel Corkran, of Dexter and Martha and husband, Steve Richards, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; six grandchildren, April, Andy, John and Wendy O’Brien and Shaun and Megan Corkran; three great-grandchildren, Kayleigh O’Brien and Isabella and Bentley Richards; nephews, Robert, Paul and Rick Daigle; and special friends, Tim and Cathie Giles. She was predeceased by her husband; and a grandson, Robbie.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Monday at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main St., Dexter, where services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, with the Rev. Will Walters officiating. Donations may be made in her memory to National Kidney Foundation of Maine, 470 Forest Ave., Suite 302, Portland, ME 04104. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.

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