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Nancy E. (Smith) O'Brien

October 22, 1940 — August 6, 2021

Nancy E. O'Brien

... longtime Hudson resident; 80

MARLBOROUGH -- Nancy E. (Smith) O’Brien, 80, died Friday, Aug. 6, at UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital after a period of declining health. For 53 years, she was the wife of Vincent G. O’Brien, who died in July 2020.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1940, in Newport, R.I., the daughter of the late John L. and Grace M. (Delahunt) Smith. She was raised in Jamestown, R.I., attending elementary school there, and St. Catherine Academy in Newport for high school.

In 1962, Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the College of Our Lady of the Elms (now Elms College) in Chicopee.

Nancy was an elementary school teacher, getting her start in Nyack, N.Y., and also teaching in Brockton and, later, Hudson.

On Aug. 6, 1966, she wed Vincent O’Brien in Jamestown. The couple first settled in Hyde Park, then moved to Hudson in 1968 to raise their family. In 2015, they moved to the New Horizons assisted living center in Marlborough.

Nancy enjoyed traveling to her native Jamestown, Cape Cod and, in her later years, Nokomis, Fla., as well as gardening and baking. She was especially proud of winning the first-place blue ribbon at the St. Michael’s Country Fair apple pie contest in 1978.

She was a longtime communicant of St. Michael Church in Hudson.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, John L. Smith Jr. and a sister, Katherine "Kay" (Smith) Murphy.

Survivors include two sons, Daniel G. and his wife, Barbara, of Hudson, N.H., and Michael C. and his wife, Juliette, of San Ramon, Calif.; a daughter, Maura A. Miller and her husband, Thomas, of Marshfield Hills; seven grandchildren, Molly O’Brien and her fiance, Conner Lawston, of Los Angeles, Shane O’Brien of Las Vegas, Megan O’Brien of Quincy, Sarah O’Brien of Hudson, N.H., and Meredith, Maeve and Maggie Miller, all of Marshfield Hills; two brothers, Frederick Smith and his wife, Barbara, of Guilford, Conn., and Richard Smith and his wife, Marilyn, of Naples, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Tighe-Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. A Funeral Mass will take place at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Church, 23 Manning St., Hudson. Burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Cox St., Hudson.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 12, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home.

50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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Funeral Mass

Friday, August 13, 2021

Starts at 9:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Michael Church (Hudson)

23 Manning Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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