Barbara B. O'Brien, library worker

She was an avid baseball fan

May 07, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Barbara B. O'Brien, a retired Baltimore County Public Library cataloger and an avid baseball fan, died Sunday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. She was 88.

Barbara Burnham was born and raised in Hartford, Conn., where she graduated in 1941 from South Windsor High School.

She was a 1945 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, where she earned a bachelor's degree in economics. She was working in Washington as a secretary when she met and married Edward J. O'Brien Jr., a salesman, in 1947. He died in 1988.

The couple moved to Silver Spring in 1952 and settled in Stoneleigh in 1958. Mrs. O'Brien lived in Stoneleigh for the next 50 years until moving to Oak Crest Village retirement community.

She worked for 35 years as a cataloger at the Towson library until retiring in 2008.

An outstanding baseball player in her youth, Mrs. Burnham enjoyed playing with her children in Stoneleigh neighborhood pickup games, where she was pitcher.

She was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan, and enjoyed golfing at the Country Club of Maryland.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Surviving are six sons, Edward J. O'Brien III of Dallas, Robert T. O'Brien and Donald P. O'Brien, both of Westminster, Stephen B. O'Brien of Bel Air, John D. O'Brien of San Jose, Calif., and Martin C. O'Brien of Baltimore; four daughters, Janet O'Brien Hauck of Bel Air, Maureen O'Brien Mulligan of Florham Park, N.J., Amy O'Brien Hall of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Susan O'Brien Cox of Pomfret; two sisters, Dorothea Felber of Silver Spring and Nancy Weber of Pittsfield, Maine; 29 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

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