Shirley Mae (Smette) O’Brien
Jul. 31, 1930 – Nov. 22, 2018
Shirley Mae (Smette) O’Brien was born on July 31, 1930 to Melvin and Ada (Brandt) Smette in their rural family farm home near Upham, North Dakota. Shirley passed
away at the age of 88 years on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in her home in rural Upham with family by her side.
She was raised in the rural Upham area and graduated from Upham High School. On December 19, 1951, she married her hometown sweetheart, Eugene O’Brien Jr. at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church, Upham. They have one daughter, “Jackie”. Shirley worked beside her husband on the WBB Shoemaker ranch south of Upham for two
years then moved into Upham where Jr. worked at the Upham Farmers Elevator. In 1962, they purchased their farm one mile west of Upham from Chester and Annetta Serr. They farmed and ranched there.
Eugene passed away on January 15, 1989. Following his death, Shirley remained on the farm until her passing.
Shirley was member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Upham. There she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a member of the women’s circle, W.E.L.C.A. an active member of the church’s Quilting ladies, the 55+ Senior Citizens Club and the B and U Club. She served on the Meadow Township Board.
Shirley enjoyed mowing her lawn, planting trees and flowers and being a gracious hostess to her many friends.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Holen and husband, Roger of Upham; nephew, Tyler Smette and his wife, Jessica and their two daughters, Haylee and Hannah of Upham; siblings, Marva Dean Smith of Minot, Merlyn Smette of Upham and Monna Jane Teske of Bottineau, sister-in-law, Florence Smette of Upham, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Donald Smette; brothers-in-law, Curtis Smith and Harvey Teske, sister-in-law, Karen Smette and nephew, Mark
Smette; her in-laws, Eugene Sr. and Cora O”Brien and her parents.
Funeral Service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28th at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Upham with burial in the Bloomfield Cemetery, Upham. Mr. Wally Fretland presider.
Pianist: Mandy Hall
Special Vocals, Dick and Brenda Johnson
Eulogist: Marc St. Louis
The Casket Bearers: Shelby Volk, Levi Lenton, Matthew Kerzmann, Danny Brandt, Joel Smith, Scott Smith, Marc St. Louis, and Cheyenne Naumann
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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